A boomer’s old doll needs a play date

Some changes since we boomers were kids are obvious. Some some are more likely forgotten. Like old toys, old books, old dolls. BoomerCafé’s Poet-In-Residence Harriet Shenkman of Westchester, New York touches on this in a poem called, Play Date.

american-girl-iceYour American Girl Doll has
an ice skating skirt for Rockefeller Center,
a thermal ski suit for winters at Biarritz,
silk scarves suitable for traveling to Paris,
a ruffled pinafore for tea and cakes.

My wooden-faced doll
bought in Woolworth years ago,
has rouged cheeks, stiff hair,
one pink gingham dress,
no invitation to tea and cakes.

Please be her friend.

Harriet Shenkman

Harriet Shenkman

Ice skating at New York's Rockefeller Center.

Ice skating at New York’s Rockefeller Center.

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