Last night at dinner, my sister and I started talking about the dolls we played with as children, or at least two. We had amazing, hours-long games involving intrigue and espionage.
One main figure in all these games was Lady Helminsky, who was an arch, mean, bossy, witch queen of a doll, telling all the other dolls what to do. She ruled over the Barbies and Skippers and Stacys with an iron hand. Before she'd come to live with us, she'd been my grandmother's doll. My grandmother had been a seamstress of amazing ability, and when Lady Helminsky came to us, she was bedecked in a yellow silk dress with diamond chip earrings in her plastic ears. Her hair was auburn, abundant, curly, and resplendent on top of her head.
My sister still has Valeria Helminsky at her home, and she is still earing the yellow dress. But when we started talking about her, I realized how intense that doll's personality had been. She was so strong and controlling. She was always on the look out for trouble makers, and the trouble maker was a clay doll named Sally Selloo. Sally was full of mischief, smarts, plans, and the capacity to fulfill all her desires. Sadly, she'd broken a leg during one of her adventures, but even when her hair began to fall out, she continued on, freeing the Barbies from their incarceration at Lady Helminsky's feet. Her blue and white dress ripped, the last lock of her hair fell out, but Sally stayed true to her course of life, a life of freedom and adventure. She righted wrongs. She toppled monarchs. She could find the secret passage out, the pile of gold, the next delicious meal.
We had other dolls that were full to play with. Bezus and Kazia were two who also had good personalities, but no doll was ever like Sally.
My sister doesn't have Sally, and it's possible she might in one box or another I have stored in my garage. But I doubt it. I don't really want to find her. I can still feel the way Sally felt in my hand, her clay body cool in my palm. She looked so innocent with her bee-stung lips, but behind that calm facade was so much strength and power.
She was this good energy from our childhood, something I still remember, hold onto, feel. Sally Selloo to the rescue.
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