Joan L. Robertson

How many people have a doll that went on their Mother’s honeymoon? My parents were married June 10, 1915. Mother’s youngest sister, Aunt Lucile, was eleven at the time. Everyone was busy with wedding preparations and the excitement was contagious but she was excluded.

Aunt Lucile and a twelve-year-old neighbor girl played with and sewed clothes for their dolls and decided to make a bridal gown for the neighbor’s doll and a suit for Aunt Lucile’s boy doll. The girls spent many hours planning their dolls’ wedding. When the dolls were dressed and taken their vows, the girls decided they needed to go on a honeymoon also. Unbeknownst to my Mother, the dolls were put in her luggage.

Aunt Lucile lived to be 98 and before she died, she asked my older sister if she would like the doll. My sister had no interest in it and said I should have it, so the doll came to stay with me. It had no clothes, so I made a suit for the doll similar to the one my Dad wore for the wedding. Before giving the doll to me, Aunt Lucile asked her former neighbor and friend if she still had her doll.

Unfortunately, she did not and explained she had a sister six years younger than she who received the doll. Aunt Lucile knew I would want that doll too, had it been obtainable.