A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Chapter 10

The Dolls

By Josef Schramm
Translation by Brad Schwebler

   What a glaring difference between the three generations.  When the grandmother was a small child, she lay in a basket and received corncobs to play with.  The basket stood at the edge of the corn field.  Next to the basket the dog lay and watched the child while the parents worked in the field.  The child played with the corncobs and magically made the most beautiful dolls with them in the basket.  In the second generation there was progress: the village lathe worker made a child’s stroller.  The older siblings of the child or the younger sisters of the mother had to push the child around and watch it.  People bought simple dolls and gave the child leftover stuff to dress up the dolls.  The third generation, pushed here by the grandmother, lay in the child’s stroller which was manufactured in a factory in a foreign land.  “Rappili” and “Schnudili”, dolls with movable eyes, dolls and bears that cried or growled, the child had as play toys…but certainly the most expensive doll cannot be as beautiful as the magical doll made from the corncob which the grandmother played with 40 to 50 years before.

[Published at 19 Sep 2005 by Jody McKim Pharr]

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