Several years ago I did a blog post about my favorite doll I had when I was growing up. Her name was Lori Walker and she was a 36" walker doll. Santa brought her for Christmas one year.
This is a photo of her the year that I got her! This very blurry photo of my family was taken in 1969 when I was 8 years old. We had decided at the last minute to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Day and spend the night. Grandpa went out and cut a small pine and Grandma cut out Christmas cards to decorate it with! Just so we would have a tree when we got there.
Lorrie had the most beautiful blonde hair and I took very good care of her. I would save my allowance and my Great Aunt would take me to rummage sales and I would buy her clothes and shoes. She wore a toddler size 2 or 3. One day I decided that her hair needed to be washed. I took her to the bathtub and washed her hair, rolled it up in curlers and set her under the hair dryer. The kind like this:
Little did I know about nylon hair! When I took her out of the hair dryer and unrolled her hair. She was a mess! Her hair had burned to a matty mess! Her long blonde hair had gone from midway down her back to up to her ears. I was so upset and cried and cried, but I kept working with it and thought I had gotten it looking pretty good.
So I set her on the kitchen table that night with a note for my Dad asking him how he liked her new hair style. My Dad worked 3-11 and got home around midnight, so we would leave notes for each other since we didn't see each other during the week.
The next morning when I got up for school, Lori was still on the table but with a brown bag over her head! I was so upset. I cried and cried. But there was nothing that could be done.
She was still my favorite doll, but I was sad every time I looked at her hair.
After I grew up, Lori Walker was delegated to the attic where she has been for over 30 years.
Until a couple of weeks ago. I pulled Lori Walker out of the attic when I got my Halloween/Fall decorations out. She was naked so I found this little dress that I made for my neice, but it was too small. It fit Lori perfectly. Then I started thinking about her hair.
That afternoon I happened to go to the drug store and passed the Halloween wigs and spotted a long blonde one... I wonder if that will fit Lori Walker? I checked the price. $5.99. I'll take it.
Oh my! She's good as new!
Really long hair! My son thinks it's creepy! But I love it.
I love her new hair!
Now I need to get her some shoes and she is good to go!
Do you still have your favorite doll?