Tuesday, September 7, 2010

kimmy doll

At six foot four, the neighbor's father was an imposing figure. The fact that he had one crossed eye made him all the more scary. He was strict and never made conversation or played with us. He was to be feared. And there were so many rules at the neighbor's house. Children were to be home for dinner at a quarter to five and not a minute later... or else.  I think "or else" involved the backside of a hairbrush.
Dinner was served at 5:00 o'clock on the dot. (even the word strict conjurs an erect, tight-necked straight-backed towering image for me to this day)
The kids weren't allowed to go barefoot in the summer as we were.
They had the unbelievable regimen of having to take a bath EVERY NIGHT! My mom was content to let the summer swimming at the public pool  and the saltwater dips at the camp in Maine to soak away the first layer of grime we accumulated. The back to school bath on the other hand involved a scrubbing equal to a Moroccan salt bath.
 One day  I was in the young son David's room sharing a bit of naughtiness. David was about 4 years old and I was six. He was giggling in his rapid-fire staccato, talking about "wieners and hotdogs".
What he couldn't see  but I could was his father standing,  towering in the doorway surveying the situation, his crossed eye scanning the room and bearing down on my young sinful, naughty soul.
I wasn't even doing the talking. My guilt was for listening, witnessing and even enjoying David's oratory.
 My heart sank as I was ordered home immediately. So scared I was that I left my Kimmy doll behind. With a confusing mix of shame and embarrassment I indignantly vowed to never set foot in their house again.
How would I ever get my Kimmy doll back was a pressing concern. How would I explain the tears and solemn vow to boycott their house and get my mother to fetch Kimmy doll without implicating myself?

As you can see nearly 50 years later Kimmy doll in my possession and memory fades as to how I resolved the dilemma.


  1. great story and you still have the dolly... just wonderful! love your writing!!
    congratulations on this new blog, you go girl!!

  2. Congrats on your new blog!
    Love this post, Kimberly! What a wonderful story!
    I'm happy for you that you still have your kimmy doll!

  3. Yes, that little doll was given to me the week I was born by a little by the family of a little boy that was born the same day in the little town's hospital. The clothes she's wearing was a miniature replica of a little matching outfit I had when I was about 5 years old.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Really great new blog ~ I love the ramblings and musings of your past. It takes me on a walk through my own foggy places!

  5. "Wieners and hotdogs" -- I'm afraid my 4 kids are at that stage now. I'm tempted to record their potty humor/talk to replay when they are older...it is equal parts funny and annoying.

    My girls are not really into dolls, but sure love Pet Shops. :)


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