Monday, October 23, 2006

Let's Play Dress-Up!

"What do you want to do?"

"I don't know. What do you want to do?"

"Hey, I know. Let's play dress-up."

"Yeah! Let's play dress-up." "I'll be mommy."

"No, I want to be mommy."

"Mom, Linda won't let me be you."

"Linda, let your sister be me."

I can remember playing "dress-up" as a child. Can't you? What girl hasn't played "dress-up" once in her life? It's one of the most delightful escapes that "little girls" can have.

I loved putting on my Mother's clothes and imagining that I was her. Playing dress-up for a day. Every little girl does it. Whether you imagine being your Mother, or a famous movie star, or someone else. It doesn't matter. What matters is the delightful childhood fantasy. The pure enjoyment of living in your imagination for the briefest of times. Playing dress-up. Make believe. Making yourself into a beautiful doll.

Is it any wonder then that I love dolls and that I design doll patterns for my Linda Walsh Originals website. Designing doll patterns is the ultimate "dress-up" as the dolls can be anything I want them to be. Frilly, frumpy, beautiful, ugly, Victorian, and modern. Classy, regal, elegant, refined. Anything at all. I can play "dress-up" any time I want. I guess you could say that I just never grew up.

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