Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Back in the era of the free-ranging child a kid could build a rickety platform 40 ft. up in some old tree miles away from the parental homestead and that was just fine. Parents told their progeny to go play and then they didn't mess with them. Children were free to roam and explore nature and have adventures.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
My favorite doll when I was a little girl was this eskimo doll that had a handcarved wooden face and a fur parka with a hood that pulled up and down. He had beaded mukluks and mittens. Created for the tourists trade no doubt but still a lovely object. Once moths ate some of his fur away and that was very tragic. Also when I brought him in for Show 'n Tell some girl said he looked like a rat - quite upsetting. I lived in Alaska for the first 2 yrs of my life. My mother said she would take me outside in the middle of blizzards because in those days it was viewed as obligatory that the baby should have daily doses of fresh air. So I love the cold.