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Kimberly Sparling

I am glad there are still ladies like Joan around. Wish I had one of those neighbors! Although my next door neighbor lady is a retired university drama teacher, and she is *very* funny!


Oh, I love this story... thanks for sharing it. I hope I get to be 89 and live like Joan!

This reminds me so much of the ending of Toy Story 3. I saw it last weekend with my kids and embarrassingly cried at the end. The toys had to find new homes because Andy had grown-up and was going away to college. But they found a good new home too, just like Alice


That pony is adorable!


I had a friend named Brunhilda "Bruni" who was still living in her childhood home at 94...the house was built in 1880 and her father had been a doctor and practiced in it.She recently had to go to a home and her estate was sold,extensively remodeled...oh how I wish SOMEONE would have documented her and her time capsule of a home environ BEFORE she went....Dear Charlotte, is there any way that you could do so or persuade your lovely neighbor to do so? These wonderful women are leaving us and we have no documenting the extraordinary lives they have led, and the homes they have lived in.


sounds like a good book project! 


What a great home indeed! Thats what friends are for! Hugs, Diane


The doll has such a sweet face. How wonderful that she found a loving home!
I love the "documentation" idea. My girls adore stories of grown women and their girlhood dolls--it's almost an ageless bond, I think.
Thanks for sharing this, Charlotte.


I love stories with happy endings. The serendipity of finding a treasure and knowing someone who will appreciate it warms my heart. Have a fantastic weekend.

Troy Louise

What a sweet, sweet story with a very happy ending. Thanks for giving my face a smile!

Katsui Jewelry

Oh, dear. I am starting to cry. Happy tears, of course!

nicki dwyer

I love this story so much. Thank you for sharing it! Do those shoes come in a size 9?


Oh, such a beautiful doll! How marvelous that Joan and Alice found each other, and that you got to participate!


Whay a lovely story! Thanks for sharing both the story and Alice with Joan :-)


I just want to cry - my heart is soooo touched...
What a story, what a lovely ending.

Charlotte, I think your writing and expressing these very special moments in life to all of us is extraordinary. Thank you for the new memories.



Oh what a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. I find myself reflecting on my childhood and the dolls that were a part of it. Luckily, I have two that survived. One has been restored and the other is going to be real soon. I look at them each day and smile as the memories flow.

Heidi Woodruff

...she had me at the first bat of her eyelashes....oh my, what a beautiful doll. I'm six again when I see her!
Hugs, Heidi

Nancy Henke

Hello Charlotte,
I was so surprised when I started reading your post today and as I scrolled down the page, there was the sweet face of the same doll I played with constantly in the late 1950s!
My second surprise came when I read the name of your neighbor, Joan. You see, my cousin (who I also played with everyday) and I had identical dolls and for some reason, we both named them Joan (we called them our "Joanie dolls"). These dolls were well loved and even though I am not really a doll person either, my Joanie doll still lives on a shelf in our basement right next to her friend Betsy McCall.
Thanks for the memory jog.


This is dear! I think I know the Joan you're talking about - should record her memories for sure!

Thanks for sharing~


what a tender story. how lucky you are to have Joan as a neighbor and Toni is such a thoughtful friend. but what i like the most is how you tell a story. i fell in love with Alice's little fabric pony. I'm sure with your talent for handstitching he/she could be replicated.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups

Wonderful post! So sweet.


Laura @ 52 FLEA

Such a beautiful story Charlotte!
Joan sounds like a lovely lady and I am so glad that Alice has found her way home!
Hope all is well with you! :)

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