Shirley You Remember!

43 Years old

She looks great, even after 43 years!

For many years, twenty-three to be exact, I stored my daughter’s classic Shirley Temple doll from 1972. Left behind when Heidi set out for college, I dutifully found a safe spot for Shirley to wait, gently pulling a clear plastic bag over her head. Couldn’t have those beautiful curls covered with dust!

I’d check on Shirley once in a while. But she never ran away or got dirty. Good girl. A big Shirley Temple fan myself, I thought of the doll when I wrote my latest cozy mystery, A Stitch in Crime, placing her on a shelf in my fictional antique store. That dolly needed a little outing, for pity’s sake.

Recently, Shirley was on my mind again. I invited my eight-year-old grandgem, Sidney, to watch a few YouTube clips of the curly-topped moppet singing & dancing. My girl was entranced. Soon my daughter stopped by & watched, too. I glanced at her & she looked at me, both of us emitting mutual “awws.” Amid the craziness of today’s world, I’d missed this sweet, sweet innocent darling from long ago, represented by those uplifting movies and that collectible doll.

When I asked Sidney if she’d like to have her mom’s doll, her face lit up. “Yes, please, Gramsey. Can you send her tomorrow?”

Sidney & Package

Sidney can’t wait to open her package.

“I’ll be traveling tomorrow, honey. Maybe the next day? Or Wednesday?”

“Tuesday?” she asked, hopeful.

I did my best & my best was Wednesday. However, I decorated the mailing label with a pic of a Shirley doll & sent a video message from the very doll I’d just put in the box & mailed. Sidney emailed me back, thanking me for the video & saying she & her little brother were cracking up.

Today, Sidney & Shirley were joyfully united. I hope she’ll treasure this new little friend. Maybe one day, she can pass it on to her own daughter. Meanwhile, I’m hunting for Shirley Temple DVDs to fill in the cultural blank. I think her heart will welcome knowing about a time when America’s Sweetheart enchanted all the country & uplifted us during a troubled time.

Sidney & Shirley

New mommy, Sidney Anne, with her own Shirley Temple doll.

Next up? Pollyanna!


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8 responses to “Shirley You Remember!

  1. Joseph Elliott

    Those movies were so good and she was so sweet she got America out of a great depression.

  2. Loved your post!! And loved Sidney’s happy face getting ready to open her package and holding that adorable new-to-her doll!! Grandma’s Shirley create the BEST memories!!

  3. LOVED your blog!!!Happy Shirley and Sydney!!!!!Ahhh…the sweetness of the old days revisited!Thanks for sharing.xoxo, Kathleen. Kathy Boyd Fellure Children’s Author Blake Sisters Lake Tahoe Stories~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Founder ~ Amador Fiction Writers Contemporary Women FictionRepresented by Wendy Lawton Books & Such Literary Management TSPN TV Show HostAuthors, Writers, Books, & Beyond~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  4. Love Shirley Temple. I have the VHS tapes, but not the DVD’s. One day, hopefully, I can find someone who wants/can use the VHS ones.
    Susan IN NC

    • Hi Susan. Thanks so much for dropping by & following my (very) Occasional Blog. A thought came to me about your VHS tapes. If you decide to get rid of them, one place that might enjoy them is an assisted living facility. My mom was in one & they showed movies often, using both VHS & DVDs. They had one of those dual players so either worked. Families often donated movies (sometimes VHS when they updated their collection) & the residents LOVED the old movies best. I know Shirley would elicit a smile from most of them. She’s a part of their history. They may not remember much, but they’ll remember her!

      Nice to meet a fellow Shirley fan. 🙂 Cathy

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