Monday, November 15, 2010

A Baby to Care for...

I couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about why boys need dolls. I recently received a letter by a customer which confirmed my belief. I am convinced that all boys should have a doll to play with in their early childhood years.


Here is an excerpt from the letter I received:

"...If I could adequately express how much BOTH dolls were appreciated, not just by my son, but by my husband and I, I would. The first doll, who we ordered before we were expecting any children with the intention of giving her to our first child, ended up serving a very special purpose. Our first pregnancy, sadly, ended in a miscarriage. When we returned from the hospital, we put away all the baby things but kept your doll out. Having her near helped me to heal and keep a positive outlook during this hard time.

So not only have your dolls been wonderful for children, but at least two adults- my husband and I- have also found them to be a great comfort. Your work is immensely meaningful.

Our son has just come back from buying bread with his Daddy- and of course, Baby went with them. He woke up this morning and kissed her before making her pretend to kiss me. She is bringing out his kind, gentle nature. I think more little boys should be given dolls to love at such an early age. "

Receiving this letter made me cry. Yes, all boys need dolls. Maybe even the grown-up ones - at times... I love making dolls but the there is no better reward than receiving such a letter with cute pictures attached like the ones above...

10 comments:

LittleElf said...

That is so sweet and heart warming. Thanks so much for sharing Ulla. ^_^

Hugs,
Elfie

FairiesNest said...

Such a lovely post Ulla!

germandolls said...

The days we get such lovely letters are the days we dollmakers live for, right girls?

Kerry said...

This is a beautiful post and so true. Our 5 year old son loves his doll (named Milky-drinker) and plays with her often. It balances out his rough play which has lately turned toward a focus on weapons (much to my dismay!). I just found your etsy shop this weekend while looking for doll clothes. Then I came upon you again yesterday when I discovered natural kids blog through a friend. Funny how things work that way sometimes. Beautiful blog, shop, and mostly dolls!

Mare said...

I truly believe in dolls for boys and girls...we need to encourage that loving,nurturing nature inherent in ALL of us...When i was working in daycare, i used to read a book to the children called "William's Doll" by Charlotte Zolotow ...It is a lovely story about a boy who wants a doll to care for, and the uphill climb he faces in getting his wish...

germandolls said...

I like that name, Milky-drinker! That's so sweet.
My 12 year old son still brings out the doll I made him once in a while...This summer he crocheted her a blanket. I think he'll be a great dad some day!

germandolls said...

Mare, I remember that book. I read it a long time ago. I must go find it at the library once again!

camtaysmom said...

Thank you for sharing this story. My sons have dolls and I too see their nurturing nature come out!

germandolls said...

My son still loves the doll I made him when he was little. He is 12 now!

Liz said...

I have bought a few doll dresses from you over the past few years, and I just recently bought some mermaid outfits! Anyway, I just happened upon your blog today. I had, amazingly enough, just read your original post about boys and dolls. I found it when I was searching for 'boy waldorf doll' on google! I couldn't agree with you more, and although it isn't one of yours, our 16 month old son is getting a boy waldorf doll for Christmas this year. Thanks for the beautiful work that you do!
-Liz