When we were kids, my cousins and I played with paper dolls. We didn’t get to buy Barbie dolls and the fancy doll houses/cars that came along with it. If I remember clearly, I think I only had one Barbie Doll that was probably a hand me down AND that doll had only one shoe that belonged to another doll… :) I remember we had the fake Barbie dolls yo bought at the swap meet… you know, the kind that was really made out of plastic instead of rubber hahahah. Those were the days when we had to get creative….
One day, my cousins and I decided to make paper dolls out of hard paper cardboards we got from those package of pantyhose. I remember how my cousins, ate Virma and ate Yolleta were REALLY good at making these dolls. The faces of their paper dolls looks so beautiful and pretty, while mine did not look so good so they would help me out. I remember how we used to draw up their dresses, purses and shoes from paper and how much fun it was playing with those paper dolls! I kept my paper doll and its accessories in an envelope and whenever we wanted to, we would take out our dolls and start playing with them again.
A little over twenty-nine years later… I receive a gift from my cousin, ate Yolleta. She came over my apartment on Tuesday and told me she had a surprise. She told me that she got it specially made for me and Ryan hehe (but it’s really for me). I was so touched when I saw her pull out the rag dolls she got her friend Yvonne to make! It was a ragdoll of Ryan and it looked like him too!! Then she pulled out another doll and told me it was the doll I really liked when I did a photoshoot for Yvonne’s dolls a few weeks ago. I was and still am so touched by the gifts she gave to me. I am really going to miss my cousin so much! We have grown up together for the past 29 years!!
We’ve gone through so many things together, from winning first place in tagisan ng talino, to working together as District Officers in the church, to singing in the choir together. I am going to miss her and all of my cousins very much! I am so thankful to God for giving me such wonderful people to grow up with! I wouldn’t want to change anything from my past because everything that I have experienced is a blessing.
Ate Yolleta: THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I LOVE YOU ALL AND WILL MISS YOU SO, SO, MUCH!!! I’ll see you all again whether it be in person or on Skype! I’ll be sure to always keep in touch :) THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! Especially for the times when you had to help me make my paper dolls!! :) Here is a photo of the rag dolls I got from my cousin!
If you’d like to purchase one also, please visit Yvonne’s site by clicking: YVONNE’S CREATIVE HANDS.