Friday, October 10, 2008

That baby's a real doll!

Readers may or may not remember how I explored the toy section at Wal-Mart to find out what dolls girls were playing with these days. I'll admit that I wanted to play with some of those dolls. The baby dolls were so realistic I wanted to free them from their wrappers and hug them against my barren breasts. But I didn't. It's a small town and I don't want people to think I'm nuts.

However, it seems some women actually do buy baby dolls as substitutes for real babies. They're calling them "reborn" babies or "memory" babies. For the whole story, read "Fake babies ease women's anxiety, sadness," published last week at MSNBC.com. Author Dr. Gail Saltz explains the therapeutic value of dolls for empty-nesters, women whose babies have died, and childless women. Unlike real babies, dolls never cry or need clean diapers, but in some odd way they provide some of the same positive feelings as real infants. "It fills a place in your heart," doll-maker Lynn Katsaris told Lauer.

The link will lead you to a seven-minute video from the Today Show about a British documentary called "My Fake Baby: New Life with Reborn Dolls." Matt Lauer interviewed three women holding their dolls, which each cost more than $1,000. A clip from the film shows a woman carrying her "baby" around a grocery store. People who stop to admire it are amazed to discover it isn't real.

Now, I'm ready to call this just plain nuts, but then again after my dog Sadie died, I purchased a dog statue made of stone. It's about a foot and a half high and sits on my hearth gazing up at Sadie's picture. I call him Stoney and make jokes about how he's such an easy dog to care for. The idea was to purchase a memorial to my beloved pet, but before we got the new puppies (agh, wild mudballs!), I sometimes talked to Stoney and thought of him as my dog.

So who am I to say we're too old for dolls, especially as Chatty Cathy looks down on me while I type?

4 comments:

angela said...

Hi Sue,
My name is Angela Posey-Arnold. I saw your thread and link in the Bunny slippers forum. After the conference maybe we could talk--my email is gracenotes1@bellsouth.net.
I do not have children. It doesn't bother me as much as it does other folks--I just thought possibly I could lend some insight to young women who might be dealing with this. I am 48 years old married for 20 years. Happy as I can be.
Angela

Suelick said...

Angela,
Thank you for coming to the blog and leaving your comment. We should talk. I'll be in touch.
Sue

FreeSpirit said...

Hi Sue,

I am a 41 year old woman from London. I have never been in a relationship where we were ready to have kids or the man wanted to. I have just found out that I am perimenopausal and whilst I knew it was getting a bit late to have kids, this news has left me very upset. I have never had a great urge to have children, but always wanted the choice. In my sadness, I saw these Reborn dolls and the urge to own one was overwhelming!! So I searched online, found one I loved the look of (that I thought looked like I might as a baby) and bought it, but I feel so ashamed!!! Like it's a dirty secret. It hasn't arrived yet, but I don't think I can show anyone when it does! I feel SO sad. The link you gave in your blog made me feel a bit better, but I still feel I have no-one to talk to. Thanks for the link. x

Dianne said...

I like your post FreeSpirit and I am in exactly the same boat. I hope the people close to me can understand that it may be "only a doll" but does help fill a terrible void.