Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"I Need A Baby"

As I uttered the words, my husband stared at me with incredulity. When he was finally able to speak, he asked, "You do realize that there's at least a nine month waiting period?"

Well, clearly I don't want a real baby. I've never wanted a real baby. I just need a reasonable facsimile to try on hats, sweaters and booties. Butternut and acorn squash will do in a pinch, but they don't sit up straight, and the stem can have ill effects on the hat decreases. And, of course, I'd like to cook them, rendering them useless for modeling purposes.

Thus my plaintive wail. My husband continued to stare at me, then in his soft, practical tone of voice, he reminded me that I have a million dolls upstairs, and that surely one of them would be willing to pose for photos in one-of-a-kind knit- and crochet-wear.

Hits forehead with heel of hand! Of course I have plenty of babies available. How could I forget? Well, because I never play with them, because they weren't mine. My mother was the doll collector. She never stopped playing with them until she died. Porcelain, bisque, plastic, cloth, babies, children, and celebrity figures - all were welcome in her arms.

I've been keeping them safe, waiting for someone in the next generation to love them. In the meantime, they finally have someone to dress them up again.


  1. Oh, RMS your baby is beautiful...plus very "green", no pampers for the landfill!!LOL
    Carolyn - Grizzylittle

  2. What lovely hats your mother's babies are wearing. Especially love your twissels! I enjoyed your post 1) because I just bought a thrift store baby doll to use as you are doing and 2) because it reminded me of how my husband and I ended up having a family. When we had been married for 5 or 6 years we stopped at an antique mall and I bought an old doll. I was looking at it in the car and my husband looked over at me and said, "Forget the doll, lets have a real baby."

  3. I am with you - and I got the same response from the husband. Though I have no dolls in the house. But how do you know those dolls are actual baby size? I haven't been around a baby for 7 years (my youngest niece) & I think I've lost perspective of how big a real baby is. I need a test baby.

  4. Funny, I've been saying that all week! I need one too, just for a few minutes. I have my eye on a couple of newbies not ready for pics yet (first time moms), lol.