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Grandma’s Doll: A Hinman Family Christmas Story Chuck settles on getting his wife an Alexander doll for Christmas. Then his small granddaughter is told not to touch it but a child has trouble subduing feelings.
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By Chuck Hinman

Grandma’s Doll: A Hinman Family Christmas Story

The expression 'out of the mouths of babes' is frequently used to describe little ones who are not inhibited by what comes out of their mouths in the same way as adults. They have not learned to temper their speech to not offend or hurt someone's feelings. That comes with time.

My granddaughter who is now a young adult, attractive, a recent college graduate, a sharp cookie, discreet to a fault, and known for always pleasing everyone, hasn't always been so. She is the apple of her Grandpa's eye.

What to give wife who already has most things she wants

One time I was having a difficult time deciding what to give my wife for Christmas. The decision was complicated because she had been diagnosed "early stage Alzheimer's Disease." Even so she still functioned pretty normally.

I wanted the gift to be unique, something she had never received before. She was 65 years old, had had most anything she ever wanted. She was one of those people who at her stage in life had become difficult to shop for.

Alexander doll is perfect gift for Chuck's wife

Out of my quandary came the perfect answer. Get her a nice doll. I mean a NICE doll. Yes, that's it! Why hadn't I thought of that before?

So, on Christmas Day my precious wife opened up her gift from me, an Alexander Doll. I will always remember the expression on her face. I had hit the jackpot! She was transformed for a moment into a little girl who got what she only dreamed about for Christmas, a precious doll!

I found a doll stand so she could display this dazzling beauty on the dresser in her bedroom.

Granddaughter told not to touch Alexandra doll

Our only granddaughter who was just a little tyke had free run of our house when she came to visit. Early on, she was told this doll was off limits to her. She could play with most anything else in our house but 'Grandma's dolly' was not one of those things.

Kasi understood that perfectly and never whined one time about the rules.

I don't know how many times I have seen her stand in front of the dresser, looking longingly at 'Grandma's doll' but never one time touching it with its shiny glassy eyes and alluring smile. I can almost imagine the doll was pleading to a little girl 'HOLD ME' -- 'PLEASE HOLD ME! ' But Kasi dutifully resisted the plea.

Pent-up emotion leads to unkind words about Grandma

Then one time when she couldn't hold her pent-up motherly feeling any longer, she was standing with her chin and fingers on the dresser top gazing intently at Grandma's doll, and boldly announced to her Grandma who was baby-sitting her.... "my mommy said that when you die, this dolly is mine and I can hold her all I want to....!"

It hurt, but Grandma, even with an Alzheimer's Disease ridden mind, knew and loved little girls, especially Kasi.

Grandma's doll is in Kasi's possession, in storage, waiting for her to establish her home. Her mother and grandmother are busy chatting and dressing and undressing their heavenly dolls.

Written by Chuck Hinman onFather's Day 2006.

This story was posted on 2014-12-21 05:02:58
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