I have been having way too much fun with the theme this month for the Boston Globe RAW amateur photo contest, which is "Toys". I was a definite dolly-girl as a kid -- I filled my bed with stuffed animals and dolls before going to sleep at night, and the dollhouse that Dad made me was my most treasured possession. Of course I was convinced that my toys had a parallel life when I wasn't around. I could spend hours imagining what adventures they had and what they might say if they could talk. My favorite book was The Little Wooden Doll.
I still have many of the dolls and toys from my childhood, and also many of Nick's and Hannah's. It was great fun to get them out and see how they were doing after many years tucked away in a box. And they rewarded me by coming to life!