I hope my post today doesn't offend anyone. It is not meant to, this is a very sentimental gift from my Grandma.
My Grandma grew up in a very poor family. Her father had died 5 months before she was born and her mother took in wash to provide for the family. One December when she was about 4-5 years old, the church she attended held a Christmas party for the "poor" in their community and had Santa had out gifts to the children. When she opened her gift, she found this doll.She was so happy because she had never had a "store bought" doll before. Right after Chrismas some friends came over to play with Grandma and made fun of her because she had a black doll. She said it had never occured to her that there was anything wrong with having a black doll but these girls kept laughing about it and making fun of her so she took a box and put the doll in it and buried it out behind the house. She told everyone she gave it away. She was so sad but couldn't stand the taunting she got from the other girls.
When she was a teenager, she remembered the doll and she and her sister went out back and started digging. It took them a while but they finally found the doll! She put the doll in her trunk and there it stayed for decades. She finally showed it to me one year and told me her story. I asked how the doll got so cracked and broken, and she said the doll was used before she got it and I guess just age and heat made it worse. Anyway, the year I graduated from high school my Grandmother gave me this doll. It was stark naked so I made her this little dress. She has been proudly gracing the top of my entertainment center for over 20 years now. I wouldn't take any amount of money for her.
I think she is a beautiful doll with a sad story.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.