4/20/2007

The Dollhouse


A shift of topic.
These are days when its really worth noticing the every day - and celebrate the appearance of Spring and a memory.

When I drive into our driveway I see this doll house in the neighbor's yard - and I am glad a new little girl is loving it.

Jim made it for Karen and Robin in 1964. He made it big so they could make their own furniture for it. They used big nails, scraps of lumber, and bits of fabric out of the sewing basket. They set up shop in our garage and designed and hammered and pretended. Lots of things happened in that house. The ceilings of the two floors were high enough for a Barbie to stand up - that had been one of the requirements.

After they out grew playing with dolls the dollhouse doubled as a book case/catch all in the rec room. Then it was moved to the basement. It was amazing how much stuff could be stored inside it.

Last year we noticed that the neighbor children were really the right size. So we brought up the dollhouse and offered it to them.

How could you turn it down?

This doll house is experienced.

It has staying power.

Just like all the things that Jim has builds.

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