My cousin's daughter, called Amy, is now six-years-old. We're Asian-American, and I remember when I was little I could never find a doll that looked like me. I'm not a fan of the #4 Just Like You doll, and I did contemplate buying her a new Jess look-a-like. But then I started to get worried that a $100+ gift was too extravagant for my first Christmas present to her. What if horrors of horrors she was afraid of dolls? So I opted to give her my #25 whom I called Diana and had picked up from an AG benefit sale for $55. I rarely played with #25, and so she was in pristine condition. She also looked like Amy, who is part Vietnamese and Cantonese, and has big round eyes.
Anyway, I dressed up #25 in a Gwen white sundress that was on sale from AG for $10. My mother, who sometimes complains that I have too many dolls, saw me wrapping the gift. I asked her opinion about whether Amy would like the doll, and my mother with open mouth said "Wow. She's very beautiful! Of course, Amy's going to love her." Here is #25, as it would have first appeared to Amy on Christmas day:
I also packed into the gift box these two outfits made by 123MulberryStreet of Etsy, though my Ivy and Lanie are just modeling.
I wasn't there when Amy unwrapped her gift. But I saw her family during a reunion recently. Her mother told me that she loved the doll and it was her first big doll. I was worried Amy would have a hard time with the different outfits, but her mom reassured me that she was excited about changing clothes. (Ah, I love kids with fine motor dexterity!) In fact, her mom said that Amy spent a lot of time brushing the doll's hair, and that she had to warn her that she might brush it all off. So little Amy did come out and shyly thanked me, and told me herself that the doll is now named "Rosie Hannah Montana".
Ha! I have a convert! I'm already contemplating getting her a Kanani next Christmas.