Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Cabbage Patch memory


When my sister Tara and I were little, I remember very well the Christmas we each received the coveted Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. After ripping off the wrapping paper and seeing that little round plastic face smiling back at me, I was in heaven. . . my sister received one too and I remember us both pulling them out of the boxes and then comparing them(we were quite the comparative competitive sisters:) and thinking mine was the best. While, she, I'm sure, thought hers was. Its sorta like when you grow up and have kids and you think yours are cuter than everyone elses:) A mothers love. . . Well, back to the story, I remember each of us opening up the envelopes with the birth certificate inside that told you the name of your doll. I opened up mine and her name was "Hilda Aurora." Not my name of choice, but decent I guess. Hilda sounded old ladyish to me and Aurora reminded me of Sleeping Beauty, so I called her Aurora. And here is the good part...when Tara opened up hers, the name give to her doll was "Dorcas Amy." I remember laughing and laughing. I think she did too, but I'm sure part of her was also dying inside. :) And I'm also pretty sure she called her doll, Amy.
I was telling my kids this story the other day and they laughed so hard! I was laughing so hard I couldn't even get the entire story out. It just struck me so funny! Sorry Tara. I guess we are laughing at "little Tara's" expense:) Not the "adult Tara," so its okay.
Oh, but we loved little Dorcas, didn't we Tara? :) Ahhh, the beauty of childhood memories.

17 comments:

Tara D said...

Yeah, I was crying on the inside, lol. Dorcus, who the heck was responsible for that name?!? You know whoever did that got a kick out of it for sure, lol. That's for the trip down memory lane, my friend Charlotte got a good laugh at my expense, too. ;)

100 Percent Cottam said...

i had one named dorcas cleo. she was a world traveler from holland and she had dope blue pointy clogs, blonde braids and a blue dress with white pinafore apron. not that i remember the details! :) the names were always amazing, weren't they? allison karlene was my first and favorite...not bad, but i also had sherry petra, lilleth evie, pamela prima, and of course...dorcas.

Champion Family said...

Mine was Flavia (I'm horrible and don't remember her middle name) and my little sister's was Frankie Nanette. I'm so glad the people who choose the Cabbage Patch Kids' names aren't in charge of naming real people!

Devri said...

I don't remember the name of mine, but I do remember she was awesome!

Oh cabbage patch... only if my kids knew. lol

Becca said...

I'm impressed that you remember the names...ok well your name. Hers would be pretty hard to forget!

Anayansi said...

i definitely don't remember my cabbage patch doll's name but i do remember reading the name and thinking---what on earth! so funny to remember that. i threw away the birth certificate because of the name and decided to call her whatever i wanted.

seriously, why would they do such a thing to such innocent hopeful little girls!

Elena said...

I had Wilbur something. He was bald and had a binky. I loved him! And then (here's where I sound freakish) after I had my son, I was walking through the toy isle and sitting in a box on the shelf was my son in Cabbage Patch form. I tried to walk away, but I couldn't! I felt like I was leaving my precious baby in a box. So at 30-some odd years old, I bought myself another Cabbage Patch, Clinton Alexander. And I ADORE him. LOL!

Jan said...

That was quite a phase. I am the mom who actually smacked another mom in all the brawling that went along with the Cabbage Patch rage -- (rage is right! ha!) -- they were throwing them out into the waiting crowds (yes, it's true), and I caught one and a lady snatched it so I smacked her and snatched it back. I'm pretty sure that was Pam Prima. What a mama won't do for her little girl!

Cynthia said...

That was a cute story. Perhaps Dorcas was a sad attempt at "Dora". It must have been funny for sure. I remember the rage as a mother trying to get those dolls for three girls was a nightmare. Then I thought I'll just make one and I did I made one and only one never again to be done. That was the hardest. I can only remember one of their names the boy doll's name was Gilbert. Cute story.

Chrystina said...

OH MY WORD!! Dorcas! Poor Tara! That should have been illegal, what where they thinking?? I had a cabbage patch doll too. I tried to shine her face with my dad's shoe polish... needless to say that only made her face orange and not at all shiny like my dad's shoes. WHY? Who knows WHY I do the things I do! Poor doll. May she rest in peace. I don't even remember the poor things name!

Emily said...

Soooooooooooooooooooooooo funny! Thanks for sharing, I will be laughing all day!

the duchess said...

I got TWO and dragged those dolls around everywhere. My brown-haired one was Lynea and my bald-headed baby was...can't remember. ;o) But the stamp on their bums was the best.

Patty said...

How could I forget Dorcas! What a name. Sorry Tara!!

The Freds said...

Oh WOW!! I remember Dorcus Amy perfectlly. I remember us Moms laughing and laughing about that one. Fun days.

Grammy Staffy said...

Who in the world would name little dolls Hilda and Dorcas??? I think the namer must have been drunk at work. ???

How is Cali liking her big girl bed?

Tell Joey that I am thinking of him as he finishes up his Masters. What an accomplishment!!

I am sending love. Lura

Tonya said...

OHhh... I loved it... I needed a good laugh.

Sorry Tara

How fun to have your dearest friend also be your sister. I love childhood memories.

ACDC2005 said...

Bahahahahahahahahahahaha

Poor Tara