When I was young, we had a family friend who had a son my brother's age, but no other children for me to play with. When we would visit, sometimes I would occupy my time by myself.
Once, I found an old wood box in their yard by the house. I remember feeling that the box would make a good playroom for small dolls. I am still enchanted by the idea of an old wood box as a doll room outside in a garden setting, among the wet grass and earth.
What is most sweet about this memory is that my mother told me that when she was young, growing up in Honolulu, she used to play that flowers were dolls. I could imagine a daisy turned upside down, like a fairy wearing a skirt. I love that idea!
Now I see that the descendants of these magical flower dolls are the small dolls like Hitty, other wood or cloth dolls, and poly people. They rise up from the flower beds and smile at their existence in our world.
Then, there are very skilled wood working artists who seem to have been able to replicate or create authentic impressions of the "real Hitty" for others to adopt.
Whether they carved many, or just a few, these are limited and can be expensive, unless you, of course, happen to have gotten one at the peak of Hitty interest, or are so talented as to be able to carve your own in the image of the original Hitty.
This leaves us with "Hitty spirit", meaning more of us want to play.
Hitty is a small travel doll who did, in her time, have a certain look, but now has morphed into an individual expression by hundreds of people.
She is wood, resin, cloth, polymer (as Hitty Jubilee is)...
She is primitive, beautiful, and in the skill and eye of her caring person.
She lives in family groups, and Hitty is used as a title,
like "Hitty Rose" and "Hitty Grace".
She seems to collect little things, like clothes and more friends and family, pets and accessories.
Then, Hitty needs a room or a house, or a place to store her stuff.
She wants to swap with friends. She wants you to make things.
She is resourceful and creative, if not always professionally talented.
Hitty believes it can get done one way or the other.
Hitty wants to go on adventures.
She wants to go to camp. She wants to go on your trip with you.
She wants to run errands and see the world where she lives and beyond.
And her caring person just hopes she does not wander too far away from home
and forget her way back, as the original Hitty did in her book adventures.
On our classroom bookshelf, Hitty Jubilee found a book about a doll
who traveled the first leg of the Underground Railroad.
A girl after her own heart and adventure!
Hitty Jubilee took out her copy of
Hitty: Her First 100 Years by Rachel Fields and Dorothy Lathrop. After several conferences and paperwork... tick tock, tick tock, tick tock... "Is it 11 o'clock?" No, it is still too early for a lunch break.
Hitty Jubilee decided to check her email and play video games.
"Will you take my portrait?
Maybe I can use this if I get a Facebook account."
Just when we were certain that we would die from boredom...
Off to run some errands and get lunch.
I purchased a beautiful, new heavy duty pencil sharpener.
"Yep. This works really well! See how sharp the pencil is!