Monday, September 7, 2009

Heart and Home: My First Love

A special post for RUBY TUESDAY, at Work of the Poet.

Years ago, on my third birthday, a new and lovely friend arrived to live with me.

I fell in love with him instantly.

Not much bigger than my father's hand, he was quietly mysterious, and looked supremely wise and exotic.

I named him Mr. Chin, and put him on the windowsill in my bedroom where he could watch over me.

The breezes from my open window often knocked him over, and gave him a broken nose.

But my love for Mr. Chin never wavered.

I loved his soulful gaze, his tiny hands and feet, and his exotic clothing.

I loved the way he never demanded anything from me but the occasional dusting, yet he gave me constant and undivided attention.

Today, 47 years later, Mr. Chin is still with me. He keeps me company, watching over me and my family from his spot on a little red pillow on the living room bookshelf.

Although his clothing has faded and his cherry lips are cracked, I love him as deeply today as I did the first time I saw him, all those years ago. Sometimes a first love is forever.

Until next time


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Heidi!
I so love Mr. Chin too. He is absolutely adorable. What precious care you have taken of him. His wardrobe is still so very vivid in color. I love his facial expressions. I find it so amazing what little things make such a difference in our lives. He brought you happiness, comfort and love in one little body the size of a hand. Thanks for sharing sweetie. He is so precious. Country hugs, Sherry

Mary said...

He is a sweet doll! And so nice that you've kept him all these years, still in tact, broken nose and all...I really like his gentle and kind. It's no wonder you love him so much...I think your father knew your little doll would be very much loved!


~Just me again~ said...

Aww, he's so cute. It's nice to have something like that from your past!

Ginger said...

What a sweet story and an interesting little doll. Thanks for sharing.

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Becca said...

Wow, what a doll. I have never seen anything like him in my life! What an amazing thing to own for so many years. :)

Karen said...

So sweet! You have a lovely blog.

marian said...

aaawww he's adorable!!..what a sweet little face, how could you not love him!

Rose said...

Very nice post....I am glad you still have him.

Cindy-Stitches-N-Stuff said...

I love Mr. Chin and you are an absolute doll.

come see me!

Lynn said...

What a treasure! I have a special porcelain baby doll that belonged to my mom's oldest sister. Mom was the baby sister and always wanted the doll. I'll never forget how jealous she was the day my aunt walked up to our door with "the box" in her hand and gifted it to me. That was about 50 years ago. She still sits on my dresser after all these years.