looking back over the years…
A bit of a departure from the usual seascapes and sunsets… inspired by Hope, a blogging friend who posted memories of dolls from her childhood….
I suppose this is a time of year for looking back as it draws to a close….
We were Latvian refugees in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. Despite hard times, I somehow managed to get a doll to hang onto as seen here… I’m also sure my grandmother, a gifted seamstress, made the doll’s clothes to resemble a Latvian folk costume. I’m sure my outfit was something created from donated clothes from Red Cross or some other charitable organization.
Then the doll in the above picture was sent to us by the wonderful folks who sponsored my mother and me to immigrate to the United States. I ended up with the measles on the boat trip across the Atlantic. About the only thing I remember is being left alone (or what seemed to be alone) in the infirmary at night on this huge troop ship. I was terrified. I vaguely remember the first taste of an orange and seeing Lady Liberty as we arrived in New York.
I still have that doll, though sadly she’s had her lips and fingernails painted with red nail polish (not very neatly). My mother hung onto a lot of momentos from that trip. I still have those ID tags attached to our coats, along with the ship’s newsletter (in German) with an outline of our route and instructions telling us what to expect when landing.
I can’t quite understand what had Mum hanging onto all these bits and pieces for so many years. Or, for that matter, why I continue to do so now that they’re in my possession.
But at this moment the sun has popped out after a couple of dark, gray rain-filled days, so it seems to be time for me to head out to enjoy the sunshine and light. Who knows, I may even catch a rainbow….
Wishing all of you bright sun and rainbows!