where hobbies, hijinks, and capers go bad = my childhood #3


when i sent in yet another dollar

for yet another mail-in adventure 

i was very excited and waiting to play

with my 100 international dolls

expecting them to look like the dolls below

all in fancy and exotic dress

and ready for me to proudly display

 when they arrived

they were tiny, pink plastic, flat dolls without any outfits at all

and actually looked like the ones in the comic book ad

not sure why i had such big visions about them

but even then

that was how

i made my way through the world

always hopeful, expecting good things, and full of possibility.


“for me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.”

-alanis morissette

27 responses »

    • yes, a bit of both. and even funnier looking back now. it never stopped me from trying again and again, though and made me realize that i still have this approach )


  1. LOL. My daughter collected dolls for years when she was young. They’re all still in a specially built doll case in the basement, and some of them look like your image. They bring back lots of memories.

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  2. These stories remind me of the scene in Christmas Story where Ralphie finally gets his secret decoder pin and it says, “Be sure to drink more Ovaltine.” Marketing to kids was shameless. I certainly had my share of sending away for stuff, hoping for gold and getting plastic. ❤️ Sisterhood of getting let down.

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