Have I mentioned I love to read? My current appetite for books was nothing like it was when I was a child. Probably due to reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's books, I adored reading about the pioneer days. Here is a picture of my sister Anna and me putting on a play from On the Banks of Plum Creek for our grandmother. I think you can tell who played Laura, and who played Nellie Olsen!
At some point in 3rd or 4th grade I began to "write my novel", as I called it. This story spared no dramatic element. I wouldn't let anyone read it because I knew it was pretty shoddy, but that didn't stop my love for writing it. One time Anna and I acted part of it out for my mom. Not surprisingly, it featured sisters who were traveling west in a covered wagon, and encountered every conceivable mishap.
After a short business trip with my dad, my mom brought home some books that are incredibly well-known now, but brand-new and unheard of in 1986. She gave me the book Meet Kirsten and my sister Anna Meet Samantha. "There are dolls, too!" Mom told us, and we tore out the little card in the back of our books and sent it in to request a catalog. These books and dolls were of course, the American Girl Collection. At that time, there were only 3 girls: Kirsten, Samantha and Molly. For Christmas Mom gave us the rest of the books -- at that time, only 3 books per girl -- including all the Molly books. These books were hot off the press! This was long before the American Girl doll empire owned by Mattel, these were owned by Pleasant Company in Wisconsin, and the dolls could only be seen in the catalog. Oh, Anna and I would look at our catalogs for ages. I remember how shiny Kirsten's golden braid loops looked on the page, and how perfect her Pioneer dress was. The catalog eventually featured dresses for the girls, as well, and I just loved those perfectly gorgeous dresses (I never got one of those dresses, though, in case you think that is the end of the story).
This is my 6th post for Mommy's Piggy Tales, where we're retelling stories of our childhood.