It was Christmas Day, 1957. I was 4 years old. This was the year that my friend Pearl came to live with me.
It was indeed a good Christmas! I remember opening the box & seeing Pearl. I also remember my mother saying that we looked like twins!
Pearl was my best friend during my childhood. However, somewhere, somehow, we were parted. When I grew up, I searched high & low trying to replace my Pearl ... in stores, antique shops, etc ... but my efforts were in vain. When a personal computer entered my life, I searched online but still could not find her. Then suddenly, earlier this year, there she was ... on eBay. I'm sure I tried the seller's patience by asking as many questions as I did, but I had to be sure the Pearl she was auctioning was "my Pearl." There are many different Pearls who were born in the late 50s/early 60s. Different body types, different sizes. Mine was the original Pearl. Her body is made from what I describe as stuffed rubber. I'm sure there's a technical term for this type of doll body although I don't know what that is. The seller assured me this was "my Pearl." I won the auction (woe to anyone who would have overbid me!) & when Pearl arrived, it was a wonderful reunion! This Pearl even had a bent leg, just like "my Pearl" had!
Pearl & I are happy to be reunited. This is the first Christmas we will be spending together since I was a child. Pearl is excited too! Here she is admiring the tree after we decorated it together : )
"A friend loves at all times...."