“Who’s that for?”
I stood on my tiptoes to peer over the counter to look at the basket of goodies that Ma was packing. Ma smiled down at me, and replied, “This is for Grandma. She’s not feeling well. I pray it’s nothing serious”.
I climbed onto a chair to help Ma prepare the basket, but she lifted me off and set me on the floor.
“Now, Mary, Grandma is sick. I don’t think it would be wise to have you and Sarah around her today.”
My heart sank. Visiting Grandma was always a treat. I glanced over at my baby sister, Sarah, with dismay. She was too little to get sick, but at the age of six, I considered myself old enough for anything! I climbed back onto the chair and started to argue with Ma, but she set me back down and looked me in the eyes.
“Mary, I’ve made my decision. Grandma wouldn’t want you to get sick, either. Now run along to your room.” Her voice told me not to protest, so with a small sigh, I headed to my room.
A few minutes later, it was time for Ma to go. I stepped out the door with her and as she knelt to say goodbye, I pressed a small object into her basket. “This is for Grandma.”
Ma lifted the object out of her basket. A smile lit up her face as she stared at the small doll. She recognized the dainty flowered handkerchief that Grandma had passed on to her, and that she had passed on to me.
“Where did you learn to make a doll from a handkerchief?” Ma asked me, as she smoothed the doll’s dress.
I smiled. “Grandma taught me when I was sick”, I said, simply.
©2020 by LEAHZ
PHOTO: I especially loved the teal on this handkerchief doll. She was a special gift to a little girl who had a hospital visit one day. Receiving it brought comfort and joy to her heart!
My daughter "LEAHZ" and I write these short heirloom doll stories. The idea came from my daughter when, one day, she told me that I should use my creative writing skills to write a unique, one-page historical fiction story for each handkerchief doll. And, so, we joined up together and started writing! We hope you enjoy these sweet little tales! Angela Free