She stood there like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Had this man in red with a white beard really just called her name? Ushered forward she took the present from him and said ’bye- bye’ before abandoning her present and going in search of food and toddler group toys.
This was the scene on Tuesday and the little girl before me was my eldest daughter. My youngest on the other hand had been busy unwrapping her present from Santa on my knee and admiring her toy. She received a little dragonfly in plastic which lights up and plays a few tunes. She really likes it and her sister has also taken to it suggesting that her musical teapot may make a great swap! I noticed that the other girls my eldest's age got dolls but both of us love her tea set.
I'm not sure why I'm not so keen on dolls for my daughter just yet. I myself had a doll and played with Sindy and Barbie when I was little. My daughter was very happy to play with some dolls on our holiday in France too. It was like Christmas had arrived early when we walked into the room where we were to stay and there were dolls and wooden accessories in pink to play with. Maybe we've just yet to come across the one for her. As a child there was only one big doll I took to and it didn't wee or poop. It had a soft tummy, plastic limbs and eye lids that opened and shut. I named that doll Carol and would have loved to have passed her on to my girls.
So while we may search for the perfect doll and lovely wooden accessories to go with her. I’ll enjoy watching her play with her other toys which also include Thomas and Percy. For now the verdict is still out as to whether she’ll be a girly girl or tomboy but all I wish is she remains her happy, caring, thoughtful wonderful little self.