By Deb Baker
For Gretchen Birch, her mom Caroline, and her aunt Nina, doll accumulating is a kin affair. they might disagree on different issues, but if it involves dolls, they percentage a keenness for the main beautiful (and dear) creations in historical past. yet they've got by no means imagined that doll gathering may motivate foul play.
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What? ” “A man,” Gretchen stammered. ” Nina said, rushing back. ” Gretchen gestured down the sidewalk. “He told me to get out while I still can. ” Nina asked. ” Gretchen shook her head. “He was unkempt, dirty, a street person, I think. Shabby clothes. Hairy cheeks. ” She cupped her hand over her ear to show Nina what she meant. ” She didn’t say that he looked like he had lost himself inside his head, that he had the tormented eyes of the mentally ill. The homeless. The renegades of society, unequipped for the demands of everyday life.
Later, when she felt more rested, she’d call from Phoenix. She knew she would sleep on the plane, catch up after last night’s lost battle of wills with Nina. She’d have to find a special therapy group when she returned to Boston for people like herself, people who couldn’t say no. As the plane backed away from the gate, her thoughts turned to Steve. After seven years of dating, their relationship operated more by rote than by reckless abandon. Seven years without progress, without commitment. Gretchen brushed away feelings of rejection.
No! ” Caroline stared at the cell phone. The connection terminated. Then she seemed to crumple across her laptop like a broken marionette doll, her head touching her knees. And Caroline Birch began to sob. 4 Doll shops offer an array of services for the doll aficionado: appraisals, repairs, dolls, clothing, wigs, and doll-making classes. Since modern molds are made from actual antique heads, many casual collectors are content to own a well-executed reproduction. Doll shops offer classes in porcelain doll making to those who find it an enjoyable hobby and to doll dealers who hope to establish a profitable business in reproductions.