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Ode To Joy

May 28, 2012


My favourite dolly when I was little, was a ragdoll named Joy.

Joy had red hair in two plaits with a heavy fringe, and she had various outfits composed from very loud 70s fabric. Looking back, she must have been quite a stylish little thing, unless, embarrassingly, she was a bit out of date and was still wearing 70s gear into the early 80s. What a horror!

Anyway, I didn’t mind about any of that. I wish I still had Joy, as I would like to have a bit of a play show her to my daughters. In an effort to replicate the love I felt for my dolly, I bought both my girls their very own ragdolls when it was their first birthdays. Big Sis has Doris, who has been dutifully played with, but is mostly relegated to the soft toy bag under the bed. Little Sis has her own doll too, but she is so under-loved, I don’t even remember her name, poor thing.

I’d always thought that when in grew up, if I had any baby girls of my own, I would call one of them Joy. Perhaps a middle name? But we didn’t. It’ll have to be one of those names that we keep for the pet we may have one day. But it’d need to be a rabbit with long ginger ears and a penchant for retro fashion!

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  1. May 29, 2012 9:22 am

    I love this. Its funny how you think back to the toys that held a special place in your heart when you were young and how sentimental that you can get. One of my favourites was a bear that would sleep in my bed that had a little zipper so you could put your jammies in. One day, i decided I was too old for it and gave it away to my cousin when Mum was getting rid of some clutter. Then later I regretted it and cried for hours because I didnt have him any more.

    • May 29, 2012 1:15 pm

      You’ll find a use for that name. It’s neat how we hang onto our childhoods. Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that can bring the biggest memories too. Just remember that when you start packing away your girls’ things! They may say they don’t want to get rid of any of it. ;)

      • May 29, 2012 1:17 pm

        Sorry, don’t know how I left that as a reply to someone else’s comment and not just a comment! Evidently I need my morning tea!

      • May 29, 2012 1:19 pm

        I’m sure they will! Any clearing out of toys has to be done surreptitiously under the cloak of midnight! Ps mumspeak won’t mind you commenting in reply to her :)

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