Thursday, July 31, 2014

Whose things belong in the Family Museum?

Boxes in the attic. Boxes in the basement. Boxes in the garage, in the shed, and under the bed. Boxes with hastily scribbled writing on it that says “baby clothes.” Another says, “Grandmas’ bric-a-brac.” The boxes from the attic may be filled with old toys, games and comic books. You know what is in the boxes stored in garage – tools! Grandpas’ greasy coffee cans filled with nuts and bolts, gizmos you haven’t the slightest idea to what they are, but apparently they were important enough to be kept. The boxes from the basement smell moldy and you are not sure if you even want to open them. But you do and much to your delight, you find your high school yearbooks. You sit down on the steps and slowly turn the stiff pages and gaze down at the faces you knew and wonder where they are now.

So whose things belong in the family museum? Everyone’s things!

Look at it this way. If you do not display at least a few things from each member of the family in the museum, you may end up with a family feud. Sometimes this situation can be touchy especially if the family has gone through a critical time; separation, divorce, death, or a weather or fire catastrophe that wiped out many of your precious heirlooms. We all at some time in our lives experience unfortunate events. However, if a picture or anything that makes you relieve past hurt or insurmountable sadness, then don’t put it in. Instead of making that decision yourself, consult the family. After all, it is their museum, too.

So put in some of grandmas’ prize possessions, hang up the baby shoes, display the comic book and yearbooks, keep the cans of nuts & bolts and label it “grandpas’ toys.” Everyone’s things belong in the family museum – a living tapestry of your family’s history. 

“A morsel of genuine history, a thing so rare as to be always valuable.”                                                        Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States

Note: Tell me what favorite things do you want to put in your Family Museum?

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why a Family should have a Museum in their Home

You save things. You put them away. You store them perhaps thinking may be one day it will get used again. However, that day does not come and the things are still in the box. What do you do? Throw them away? NO! Give them away? NO! What you should do is take the things out of the box, give them a fair assessment and then ask yourself if you should keep them? The answer is YES! And here is why: because something possessed you to keep them in the first place. Most likely a dusting of memories have settled also. Memories are important. Good, bad, happy sad, or just maybe funny. That is why a family should have a museum – to preserve those memories. To remember, pay respect to, learn from, and pass onto the next generation. After all, history is his and her stories.  

People ask me why I have a Family Museum. Well, why not. If celebrities, sports stars, famous authors, military hero’s and others can, well then so can I and so can you. Your family may have vintage clothing, rare baseball cards, first edition books, Purple Hearts, antiquities. Why did you keep these things? Where are they right now? What are you going to do with them? Answer: You should put them in Your Family Museum to preserve, protect, and to feel proud of your family and yourself for doing so.

Today’s families are on the go 24/7. Time passes quickly. Age is inevitable. Memories dull. Sometimes they can even get in the way of moving on. Nevertheless, you should not forget all the important and not so important events that shaped your life. This is why you should have a Family Museum – it makes you take notice of your history and gives special meaning to you and your family.

The picture above is one image of many from the Grandparents Museum from my father's side. The few things I was able to save are dear to me; a photograph of his family, Lithuanian custom pieces; a hand-painted Easter egg, clothing sash (Juosta), and amber beads. The coffee pot and iron horseshoe I have no idea from whence they came. Before my father passed away he told me a few stories about some of these things and I have passed them onto my children. And though stories (written and/or verbal) are great ways to keep a family history alive, it is even better when you can hold the object in your hand, feel the cloth, smell the coffee, try on the beads. This is what having a Family Museum is all about - enjoying at the same time preserving your family's memories.

“The Heart hath its own memory, like the mind, and in it are enshrined the precious keepsakes, into which is wrought the giver’s loving thought.”                                                                                                                                                                     Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Note:  Why did you kept that certain something? By doing so you may feel surprisingly proud you did, especially when you show others that you care.              You may even inspire them to do the same.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What is a Family Museum?

Let us first start with the definition of a museum: a large or even larger building filled with exhibition halls, both small and large galleries displaying everything from Art works to Zenith TVs. Though they are magnificent institutions, they are impersonal.  Displays are measured ever so carefully; their objective is to inform and educate with cool detachment. You would love to get a closer look, even cherish the idea of touching the artifact. But this is not allowed and for good reason . . . it is not yours to do so. The artifacts and antiquities are presented in succession leading from the past to the present for the future for perpetuity and for all human-kind. And that’s wonderful.

Now let’s define a family museum: a place(s) in your home (even your place of work), where objects of interest or significance are exhibited and preserved, and at any time can be visited, looked at and touched. Your heirlooms, keepsakes and awards offer the continuation of your family’s (and/or business) events occurring from the good- ole-days to days-gone-by to present-day events, to hold and protect for your future.  
Everyone has objects of interest. Some more than others. Regardless of what you have, if the objects are important to you, to your family, to the family’s next generation, then those objects should be preserved, protected, and put on display for everyone to see, enjoy and respect. A Family Museum may be hard to visualize, so here are some suggestions that will help you to form a mental image – to see it in one’s mind. First, let's take a look at two of the finest museums in the USA.

Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Museum of Natural History, Washington. DC



With all of their artistic, historical and scientific objects, there is much to see. However, those artifacts will not give you as much pleasure as your own heirlooms you put on display in your Family Museum.                         

The space in any museum cannot be compared with your space. To get a better picture, visit smaller museums that focus on a specific era in history or personal collections of an eminent person. Antique shops are great places to visualize the concept of display. The proprietors take pride in how they present collections to encourage you to take a closer look and possibly purchase the item. Smaller places mean you can be more intimate with the viewing experience because the displays are imaginative, giving you a better idea of what you are looking at. 
Your Family Museum will showcase, define, edify and entertain those who look upon the lovingly displayed pieces, becoming acquainted with your family’s history. Welcome, one and all. It is my pleasure to introduce you to my family . . .

             “For what is the present after all but the growth out of the past?”                                                                                          Walt Whitman

Note: What museums have you visited lately? Which would you recommend?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Reintroducing How to Create a Family Museum

On March 4, 2014, Blogger published 60 posts on how to create your family museum. This week, I want to return to the first five posts to regenerate the awareness and enthusiasm that has been initiated by this endeavor to preserve and display your family heritage, bringing into effect the sense of accomplishment that your whole family can take part in and share in this honorable achievement.
Keith & Lizzie's Museum
“There’s a world of wisdom in our personal stories. Your life is a legacy, a gift that only you can give. Why waste something so precious?”            Dolly Berthelot

Tiffeni & Charlie's Museum
STOP throwing or giving your                memories away and START   creating today Your Family Museum. This blog will not instruct you on how to unclutter your home or how to rightsize, downsize, rearrange or reprioritize your life. It is about having fun selecting, displaying and honoring your family's history by  creating a special place in your home for your keepsakes, heirlooms and other artifacts that celebrates the family's heritage, giving a new meaning and value for you today and for the future.
As we all know and sometimes grumble about, most things these days are mass-produced, used, expended and discarded. However, what about those things that have lasted, perhaps several lifetimes that should be saved and passed on? If we do not preserve those things, what will we have that shows regard and respect for our past family members for the future? Now, you may agree with wanting to save your heritage, however, you may feel you are not sure how or do not have the space in your home to showcase your history.

Room after room, looking for space, but have no fear, I will show you the place!
Where to Begin posts will instruct and show how, where and with what you can use to construct your family museum. Detailed examples, step-by-step advice, pictures and stories will offer suggestions you may feel will help you to achieve creating your museum.  
                                                                                                                                                  Posts will cover a myriad of subjects related to the items in my Family Museum. Collecting/Collections, Thanks for the Memories, Daily Themes, and links to featured websites. Also information on preservation and conservation and helpful resources round out the blogs offerings. Future posts will be about creating children's, grandchildren's and Grandparents Museums. 
                                                                                                                                                     We all have stories to tell and I would appreciate my readers to share theirs. This may in turn give you an opportunity to reconnect with your feelings on what and why you saved the things you did. You can shine a light on a particular family member, friend or event that holds some special meaning for you. Heirlooms are most endearing, for many people can relate to your story because perhaps they have a like-wise item or memory to share.  

The past has value. It teaches us who we are and where we came from. This blog is not only about looking back, it is about looking to the future.  As you create your family museum, you will find the endeavor edifying, entertaining and most of all FUN! So get ready and create Your Family Museum.

“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economical legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.”                        Steve Berry, Author

Note: I look forward to your comments, remarks or observations. Thank you.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Preserving Your Papers

On Sunday’s I read the Daily Press and enjoy reading the questions posed to Amy Dickinson of “Ask Amy” column, and this one caught my attention, being that it is relative to this blog post. It read:
Ask Amy
Dear Amy: You told “Clean Jean” that it would be a good idea to shred 15-year-old divorce documents between her and husband, rather than share them with her children.
I disagree; these documents become historical records and are part of a family’s history. She should keep them.                                                                                                      – Family Historian                                      Amy writes back:                                                                              Dear Historian: You make a great point.  Thank you              

First, I want to thank Amy for understanding the importance of preserving family documents, even if they are reviewed as a sad situation for a family, and printing this in her column. Second, I want to thank the Family Historian for her or his astute stewardship.  The information on divorce papers is a resource for family histories, as well as other papers such as birth & death certificates, last wills & testaments, military discharge papers, etc. The very thing that is most important is that all paper documents that are not digitally saved (for those that are in this form are safe), the information is extremely vital for genealogical research and verification. Refer to the posted date April 4 (Friday Feature)for more assistance with ancestral study and for more info on conservation and preservation, see March 28th post.   

Responsible planning and management of these references is imperative and the very essence of a family is its history.  When creating your family museum, try to incorporate space for special archival storage boxes that protect and preserve paper.
And for all of you, like the Family Historian, thank you and keep up the good work.

Remember, the present needs to take care of the past for the future to learn.  

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Ultimate Family Museum

My last post was about my birthday and having saved cards from past birthdays helped me recall and share those memories with you. I concluded with describing the gifts waiting on the dining room table for me to open and whatever I received, I will save in our family museum. But this post is not so much about the gifts, but about a surprise vacation that was not for only me but the whole family. This trip took us to the ultimate family museum . . . Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

We are fortunate to live only a couple of hours away and despite a thunderstorm, rush hour, an accident and road construction, what would have been a two-hour trip took us three hours, but we got there never-the-less and after staying the first of two nights at the lovely Boar’s Head Inn the four of us were ready to see the magnificent home of America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson.

With all that I want to write about, instead of many words, I will let the pictures do the telling. The reason I am sharing this adventure with you is because I hope it will inspire you to create your family museum, of which Mr. Jefferson did, for his home is more than a museum of fine furniture, art work and books, it is his family museum, because his family was very important to him.

Here is the Goesel family standing on the expansive lawn at Monticello. The weather was cool & comfortable. We first went to the visitor center, saw an informative film about Monticello, then took a shuttle bus up the hill to the house. We first viewed the wonderful gardens while we waited for our tour time. Our guide was enthusiastic and here are a few pictures of what we saw.

Entrance Hall with recreations of items collected by Lewis & Clark on the cross-country expedition commissioned by Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase.
Over the course of time after Thomas Jefferson passed away, various family members and other owners lived, work & restored the plantation. In 1923 it was sold to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation which operates it as a house museum and educational institution.
The original artifacts, antiques, paintings, sculptures, books, and furniture pieces have been replaced by reproductions. The reason I bring this to your attention is just because the originals are gone, they were replace by like-wise items. So as you gather your heirlooms and keepsakes for your family museum and find that you no longer have an item that you wished you still had, it can be replaced by visiting antique shops, yard sales, and all the other places where just about everything can be found and purchased. I think Mr. Jefferson would be proud to see that his home has been restored and much of Monticello’s interior decorations and antiques have been replaced and reflect his personal ideas and ideals. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”                Thomas Jefferson

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Monday, July 14, 2014


Adding to the past posts about Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, and The Fourth of July, Birthdays are personal holidays deserving recognition. Therefore, today’s post is about my birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIZ!

So what does a birthday have to do with a family museum? Everything! Such as? You may ask. The place to save and display all the gifts, keepsakes, cards and such that you and your family members have received for their birthdays.
Perusing our museum, I was amiss at finding out that there were not many things saved from my past birthdays. I couldn’t even begin to recall the gifts I received from only a few years ago, nevertheless 40 years ago. However, there were all those greeting cards saved, so I took out my card box and picked out a few.
 Sadly, there were no cards saved from my childhood.   
The oldest card was from my parents given to me 44 years ago. I turned twenty that year, was a new bride and mother. I guess that was enough to garner a card-full of emotional sentiment.
Two cards from my daughter, Tiffeni. The tiger card was dated 1993 telling me that I was one terrific tiger and a note about a trip to Chicago. The card with the cat in the glass dated 2000 had a really great quote. “Age is a matter of mind. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!” The card with the cat licking her chops was from a dear friend who shares my Chinese zodiac sign. What I find most interesting about these cards is their common denominator . . . CATS! It’s really great to know that my friends and family see me the same way. Hmmmmm.

As for birthday gifts, every birthday from ages 10 to 14, I received a Barbie doll or clothes. I had amassed quite a collection by time I became of that age when I was told to put my dolls away. And away they went for 50 years. Can you believe that!

A piece of jewelry was always a gift. What was saved I gathered and displayed in a shadow box along with other miscellaneous bubbles. The shadow box is available at The blue rhinestone ballerina was one of my favorite pins. I wore it often. The baby bracelet with charms spelling out my birthday month of July and a baby ring of a duck I can’t recall wearing them nor how they even got saved. The other pieces I will explain later. They all have their own stories to tell.   

So, today is my birthday. I will spending it with hubby Keith, Tiffeni & Charlie. There are many presents on the dining room table waiting for me to open. And you can be assured that I will save them all and put them in our family museum.
Note: The birthday cake art piece is compliments of Google. Thank you Google.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Feature

How are you doing on going through those boxes stored in all sorts of places that hold the clues to your identity that was discussed in the previous 4/4/2014 post on genealogical research? I hope at least you are giving it as much time as you can.
And what a great time to be reminded of that project and quest to find out your heritage than on this day that gave birth to our nation, The 4th of July, 1776. Take a moment and ponder how many people became free from tyranny, free to have a voice in what they believed in and how they practiced their faith.
While we celebrate this day, let’s take a moment to reflect on how our ancestors arrived on this great land we call America. Mine like yours came from many different countries. My father’s parents came from Lithuania. My mother’s came from Italy. Before organizations like and National Geographic came on the scene to help us create family trees and do DNA research, all we had were what records, papers, pictures, keepsakes, stories, both written and verbally handed down, that gave us a clue to our heritage.
When I stated our family museum, I tried my best to display as much of what I could that was saved, but I was not doing justice to it all. So eventually the museum expanded into another part of the hall, located under a windowless slanted eave, about 8 feet deep by 8 feet wide. That became the Grandparents Museum. I will blog in full about the collections there at a later date. But for now, I want to encourage you to gather as much as you and other family members have saved and bring them together at whoever’s home has the space to give your family’s heritage is due respect.    

I also want to promote this websites to further your knowledge of what is out there that can be of great assistance to you to investigate from whence you came. I hope it inspires and even raises your spirits if at any time you doubt your legacy, family traditions, customs and culture.,,,,,

I also want to share these images and information on Ellis Island. If you have not visited this valued place that honors the courage of those immigrants that wanted a new world for their families, do so.

Many years ago, my daughter Tiffeni and I went to Ellis Island. We had little knowledge of my nana’s experience when she came to America. It is very unfortunate that little was saved other than verbal stories, some photographs and much misinformation. When we visited Ellis Island, its was just beginning to restore the buildings and create the data bases they have today. So we wandered through this massive building, many places closed off due to construction and restoration. When we entered the Great Hall on the mezzanine level, the expanse was breathtaking. Just at that moment, a choral group on the other end of the hall started to sing “God Bless America.” I started to cry as I envisioned my nana with her sister, clutching their small children and everything they owned as they filed through inspections lines along with thousands of other immigrants waiting for their turn to be either accepted into America or sent back to the country they left.
Before we got back on the ferry to return to New York City, we stopped at the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. As the day got colder and the misty air wetter, we encouraged each other to locate any of the names of our relatives that passed through Ellis Island. We could find only one, that of my mother’s oldest brother, Michael Albano. We were thrilled. We took pictures of his name, often wiping off the rain from the camera lens.

As we stood on the ferry, our eyes focused on the Statue of Liberty. We tried to imagine how our ancestors felt when they first saw the statue, her majestic figure holding up the light of freedom they must of have felt in their souls. Though her stoic expression may have casted some fear and doubt, her patient stance told the immigrants to feel proud of themselves for they endured rough crossings, unpleasant conditions, yet still strong and capable of starting a new life.  

So thank you, nana and the rest of my ancestors, along with my hubby’s Keith’s family who came from Norway and Germany, for if it were not for their bravery and courage, we would not be here today. So celebrate your freedom and feel proud of our America, for we are and will always be the best and strongest nation in the world. Have a wonderful 4th.

FYI: A word about National Geographic’s Genographic Project. Since 2005, their cutting-edge technology and use of advanced DNA analysis and working with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth, is enabling us to shine a powerful new light on our collective past. By participating in the latest phase of this real-time scientific project, you can learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible. You will also help support the Genographic Legacy Fund, which works to conserve and revitalize indigenous cultures around the world. Visit:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday Toys

I feel I am out of touch with what toys kids play with today. My two have grown up to be stellar adults (no bragging here) and it has been a very long time since I last observed what toys are popular today. So I did some research and this is what I found out.  Kids don’t want toys anymore. They want robots and computers. Here is a few of these tech-based toys that leave imagination at the doorstep.

The Kiddizoom Smart Watch they wear on their wrist that offers games, an alarm, and even a camera that takes and edits photos and records videos. I am sure this watch won’t be worn to school.

You know how kids are always scarred about the monster under their bed? Well, this toy gives a whole new identity for that monster. It is called Xeno, an interactive monster that can display more than 40 different expressions through its animated LCD eyes (scary) has a pull-out snot dripping from its nose (lovely) and can fart to order. (What’s that smell?) I have no words for this one.

Remember when dolls were quit, quite until you made the crying noise. With this new doll, the child needs no imagination at all. She is called My Friend Cayla, and after you read what she can do, I would not want a friend like her. She is an interactive doll that syncs with an Android or iOS device through Bluetooth and understands speech through voice-recognition technology. Questions put to her will be searched online through the paired device’s internet connection, and she will respond by talking the answer. Should a parent worry about what Cayla might say? Oh no! The parent can rest assured that many pre-defined bad words or subjects are blocked through a dedicated app that can unlock different terms as a child ages, such as age-specific sexual educational topics. And what exactly does the child do? Nothing, because Cayla also plays games, tell stories and discusses photos. Discuss photos? I fear what these toys manufacturers will think of next. Oh, they already have. I read that amid huge strides to make toys “non-gender specific,” children simply make up their own minds about what they wanted. What is wrong with gender-specific toys? It must be a generational hang up.

The way we played, our imaginations fired up the toys. We did not need some iOS device or LCD to light up the toy’s eyes. The simplicity of our toys asked or required the child to invest a lot of imagination in playing with them. There was a poignancy in that simplicity. Modern games can be complex and spell out lots of details for children to observe, but toys like a dollhouse, bike, building blocks, and paper dolls, teach instead of merely entertain. A sad point to highlight here is how many toys were meant to be played out in the fresh air while today’s children are very likely to be indoors.
Our family museum is filed with toys. While growing up both my husband and I had only a few toys, but they were well made and played with, and gave us the tools in which develop the skills we have today. What skills are these high-tech toys giving children today? If you know, I would enjoy knowing it.
When next you have a child visit your family museum, take some time to show them what a good toys is. Encourage them to use their imagination. Better yet, give them some paper and a pencil. That is by far still the best toy to play with.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Wishes

Previously I asked, “What do you wish you had but no longer do?” It may came as a surprise to you when I said if what you wish you had but lost is to, “start over!” The item you wished you kept may be found in many places, starting with antique stores, second-hand shops, yard sales, estate sales, etc. Did you go to any of them? Did you find what you were looking for? I hope so. Now, what is the one or more things I had wish I saved but didn’t? In yesterday’s post I mentioned fashion magazines. Then I visited, Whiting’s Old Paper in Mechanicsville, VA. His website is:
How thrilled I was when I found some great fashion issues. There is an excellent article titled, “Paper Trail – In a digital age, John Whiting buys and sells a fading past” and can be read at 
So check this out to read about not only paper preservation but the preservation of your memories that perhaps got a start by some picture or article you read in a magazine that inspired you, encouraged you, and helped you make some of your wishes come true.
Back to Wednesday Wishes. My daughter Tiffeni always loved paper dolls. She, too, had a quest to replace some of her beloved paper dolls that she lost and by doing online research found this site: I  didn’t even know that such a group existed. So Tiffeni and I went to the Four Points Sheraton in Richmond to attend a Paper Doll Convention.
We couldn’t believe our eyes! Table and tables of paper dolls, books on paper dolls, workshops and special exhibits were held in two large rooms of the hotel. Though I was not looking for any paper doll, for I already had in my museum a reproduction of the paper dolls I played most with; The Lennon Sisters. I was raised watching The Lawrence Welk show and watched and listened to these sisters sing, what they wore, how they acted. I played with these paper dolls and couldn’t wait until the next new book came out. When I was younger I played with Betsy McCall. At first my mother cut them out for me and later as I got use to handling a small scissor, I cut them out myself and even glued them to cardboard so I could make them stand up. Little did I know that some 20 years later, my daughter would not only be playing with Betsey but preserving her as well.

As Tiffeni perused the tables, I meandered through the aisles of tables, talking with the vendors and getting impressed by the minute on how passionate they were about these paper creations. From famous movie stars, to high fashion designers, and a plethora of dolls for children of all ages. Even the familiar scent of old paper waffled through the room was enchanting. When I found a Bobbsey Twin Paper Doll book, I asked the dealer if he knew the names of the twins because that question is always asked in crossword puzzles. He laughed and said he didn’t know. A few tables away, I asked that same question and the lady laughed and said she had heard that someone was asking that question – boy, did that travel fast – and when I told her it was me, she said she didn’t know either but would look it up on her iPhone. Just then a fine gentlemen approached the table and she asked him and he said of course he knew. Their names were Bert & Nan. WOW! I finally knew and wrote it down so next time it is ask on a crossword, I will have the answer. My goodness, the things you learn at a paper doll convention!  
When Tiffeni caught up to me, she had a pile of books and a big smile on her face. “Look Mom! I found them! Lettie Lane, Dolly Dingle and her favorite, The Grahams.” I was so happy that she found these dolls she had lost years ago and though they will not be played with, they will reside on her side of the family museum, and she feels fortunate that her wishes were granted.
Paper Dolls have been played with for generations, creating many hours of imaginative play for both boys and girls. Why don’t kids play with them today? A few years back, Tiffeni and I had a small toy store. The recession of 2008 forced us to close, but we have fond memories and made many friends the years we were opened. One of the toys we offered were paper dolls. One day I watched a little girl take a book off the shelf, sit down and look through the pages. She seemed perplexed, so I asked her if she had any questions. “Yes. What are these?” This particular paper doll was of a ballerina with beautiful costumes from famous ballets. After I explained it to her, she pointed to the tabs and asked what were they for? I told her when you cut out the dress you keep the tabs attached and use them to secure the dress onto the doll. Then she asked, “How do you play with them?” I could sadly see that she was never introduced to this wonderful art and play and my thought was confirmed when her mother boldly told her to put it away. She didn’t need a paper doll. Sure, that could be true, but how much is she missing by not trying out her imagination and even sadder - her mom missed so much by not getting the doll for her and opening a new world of imagination.  
 My Wednesday Wish is to bring back the paper doll.  
Check out this website for more information on paper doll conventions.

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