I found the coolest site. A Japanese dollmaker who has generously put up a doll making class -complete with patterns- online. Her site is here.
I haven’t made a doll since I was a little girl, and I have to say it was fun. Obsessively so, as I started yesterday and finished after work today.
Work- no drama today. Two kids, one with a rare syndrome and one with- oh wait- another rare syndrome. Both, luckily, with parents who have decided to stay in it for the long haul. Can’t write about them. But keep this in mind- you may see a funny looking kid somewhere, the store, your kids school, the park- they are just kids in there. Under whatever scars or bandages or odd features they have, they probably still like Pokemon, or Hello Kitty, or whatever else kids like. They can most likely hear you talk, see you look, and have opinions about things. You, the outsider, don’t need to know what they have, how they got that way, or what their chances are of ever being any other way. Just smile, if you are the type to smile at kids, comment on the spiderman tee shirt that they are wearing, or the baby’s pretty blue eyes, or the darling toy they clutch, and go about your business.