February 15, 2013

My Aunt's Doll

My Aunt's Doll. David Hayes, 2013.

My wife and I took my grandmother out to lunch yesterday for Valentine's Day. She's 101. Feisty as ever. Still strong...except for her hips and legs. Her mind is as quick as ever. I want to be just like her when I get to be her age. Clean living I suppose.

On the way back to the car from the restaurant, her legs gave out and she fell. She does use a walker...and had just handed this off to me to get in the car....and she feel. Fortunately she hit butt first...but then feel backwards and hit her head on the parking lot. Talk about scary!!! We gave her a moment to recover and then helped her back up. Seems the only thing that  was hurt was her pride. "Why did I do such a thing?" she asked....

Later, sitting with her at her home, we got to talking about this doll. It was my aunt's last doll...at age 12. Makes it about 75 years old. My grandmother didn't have any granddaughters to play with it...my aunt died young and my father only had sons...so she's kept the doll ever since. Sits in a place of honor in the back room. 

Some of you might recognize this doll from earlier images...this time I thought I'd treat it differently. After all, it was Valentine's Day!

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9 comments:

jen hart said...

It is amazing to think of how the world was 75 years ago (no child would have a doll with a porcelain head!)...and the changes our 100+ year old grandmothers have seen!

Susan McMahon said...

Lovely picture, lovely doll - the white on white smocking is exquisite!
I'm glad your grandmother wasn't too badly hurt in her fall. My grandmother lived until the age of 103 and was hale and hearty until the moment she just decided it was time to go. That was only a few years ago.

Carole said...

Dave, how wonderful! The doll and that you have a 101 yr old grandmother. Nice guy.

Sarah Park said...

A 75-year old doll from a 101-year old woman. Totally amazing. Too bad she doesn't have a granddaughter to play her with it.

Sarah Park said...

A 75-year old doll from a 101-year old woman. Totally amazing. Too bad she doesn't have a granddaughter to play her with it.

Dave said...

Thanks Sarah! She does have great-granddaughters but I don't think she wanted them to play with it....too "special" I suppose!

jaeartworks said...

Wow it's in great shape! Bet it's worth some money. Your portrait of it is sweet!

Lisa Graham Art said...

Wow...101! That is so wonderful. I am glad she was not hurt when she fell! I do recognize this awesome old doll.

Carol said...

The doll is beautiful! Yes, I recognise her from earlier photos. You are lucky to have a grandmother of 101. What a life of changes she has experienced. I have my mother's doll, now (the doll) 90+ years old. She's packed away so you've reminded me I should give her an outing to see if she's okay.