Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: The Doll with the Wonky Leg

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Doll with the Wonky Leg

Here he is again...blowing me away. Oh how I love that man of mine and our sweet freckled face munchkins. God is good! May you allow Him to work in your heart, as He is on mine. Thank you for coming to this blog. You're amazing! Enjoy another sweet message from that green eyed love of mine. - Blissful and Domestic

This picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I love it too much not to share 


As of late I have been thinking a lot about the doll with the wonky leg. This blonde hair, American Girl knock-off, is one of my daughters most prized possesions. Our daughter, who loves dolls and everything taking care of them entails, has come to love and care for this doll. Miss calls her Scarlet. Now Scarlet has been with us for now let me think.....I can at least remember her being here for a year....Danielle would be able to nail down the day and hour it was given to us....she's good like that.

Why do I mention this seemingly insignificant doll? Well it has taught me about how the things we teach our children matter. Never did I think a measly doll would teach me such a significant lesson. My daughter and Scarlet have shown me that we can watch our children make choices we are proud of and see they are becoming the great people we so eagerly are shaping them into.

Scarlet, who is also lovingly called the doll with the wonky leg, has taught myself about faith, love and charity. Now I understand that it sounds a bit crazy when I lay it out like that, so here goes my step by step explanation. I can remember seeing my daughter, little miss, playing with this doll.....having parties, playing school, building forts, and relaxing, watching TV. They're inseparable.

I also remember her telling me one day that her doll was not doing so well and that she was breaking.....her leg was going all "wonky". The first thing I said was what does a "wonky" leg on a doll mean? Little Miss replied that her doll's leg was breaking and she was having a hard time standing up. She said when her doll sat down, it pointed the wrong way. As I sat hearing and digesting this new information, I thought of a question for my daughter. I said well what are we going to do about this?

Her reply melted this daddy's heart. We have taught our children that everyone has value and a purpose. We are all part of GOD's family and he needs all of us to be his helping hands here on the earth for his children. I thought my daughter would come back with what I thought any seven year old would.... Maybe tape the leg or it is broken and I can't play with her anymore. Our sweet daughter said, I think I would like a pair of crutches or a wheelchair for her. She explained how she wanted to help this friend of her's. She told me how even though we may change, we still have value and purpose. I was speechless.

This little freckled face girl understood more than I gave her credit for. She understood that even though we are different than others, our lives are just as valuable.

In that little moment, I was reminded that what we teach our kids matter. They matter. The example we show them as we interact with others in this life matters. I will always be thankful for Scarlet, the doll with the wonky leg. She was able to teach my daughter and myself the importance of following the example of the Savior in all aspects of our lives.

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