When we are small, we human beings are usually taught by our parents to share with others. Many of us have siblings, and our siblings are usually the first people with whom we learn to share. When it’s first presented to us, many of us aren’t entirely happy about the prospect of learning to share with our siblings, or anyone else either, but in many cases that is where we start learning this important concept.
The dolls who live here in the giant backyard dollhouse known as “Much Ado About Nothing” also have learned to share. Some of them are very skilled at it. Others are less adept at it.
A recent example of sharing among the dolls here happened recently when a new doll came to live here. When the new doll arrived she brought along with her a couple of items which gave the other dolls the impression that she was ready to share, straight out of her shipping box! However, Fran Naomi had other ideas about the items she brought along with her form her previous home.
Compared to many of the other dolls who have joined my doll collection over the years, Fran Naomi arrived with quite a lot of luggage. Fran Naomi is pictured below on the left. She is the doll with the curls in the blue overall dress and the pink. blouse.
The first doll who Fran Naomi met when she arrived here was Portia Genie. Portia Genie is the doll on the left in the photo above, who wears her hair in braids.
Fran Naomi arrived home accompanied by her very own traveling companion. He is the small oatmeal colored teddy bear seated in her lap in the photo below. Upon her arrival, Fran Naomi explained to Portia Genie that her teddy bear’s name is in fact, “Oatmeal.” She said that she calls him this name because of his color, and also because the texture of his coat reminds her of oatmeal.
When Fran Naomi arrived she also brought with her an extra pair of shoes. In the photo below the extra shoes are still safely stowed away inside the zip lock baggie that they were stored in while Fran Naomi and Oatmeal were traveling here.
When Fran Naomi and Portia Genie first met, Portia Genie was busy, involved in her own imaginative play with two much smaller dolls, and a soft cuddly Classic Winnie the Pooh teddy bear. Portia Genie was wearing boys shoes when Fran Naomi first arrived and the two dolls discussed this when they met.
Fran Naomi saw that Portia Genie had two dolls she was playing with, and she also noticed that Portia Genie was wearing boys shoes. Fran Naomi though to herself that she was very glad she had two pairs of nice girl’s shoes for herself, but she wished she could have a doll to play with along with her teddy bear like Portia Genie had.
Portia Genie is a friendly and good-natured doll. She plays very well with others. And Portia Genie has always had a very generous and giving nature. When Portia Genie and Fran Naomi first met she quickly discovered that unlike herself, Fran Naomi was doll who was not accustomed to sharing with others. Portia Genie hoped this was not due to Fran Naomi being selfish. Portia Genie figured that it likely meant that Fran Naomi came to live in the giant backyard dollhouse from a household where all the dolls had many possessions that were just theirs alone.
I overheard the conversation that Portia Genie and Fran Naomi had that day, and it went like this:
Fran Naomi: Those little dolls you’re playing with look like fun.
Portia Genie: Oh yes, it’s always fun to play with other dolls. We have lots of fun here.
Fran Naomi: I see you also have a teddy bear.
Portia Genie: Yes, he’s Pooh Bear. You know, from the stories?
Fran Naomi: Of course. I have a teddy too. His name is Oatmeal. You know, like the mushy cereal.
Portia Genie: I like oatmeal. Especially with cinnamon and sugar!
Fran Naomi: I prefer Fruit Loops myself, but he looks like oatmeal, so… Why are you wearing boys shoes?
Portia Genie: They’re comfortable. And we don’t have very many pairs of girls shoes for all the girl dolls who are here. I see you have two pairs of girls shoes. That’s really nice.
Fran Naomi: It is. I can wear the shoes that lace up or I can wear the Mary Jane shoes.
Portia Genie: Gosh, it must be nice to have options like that.
Fran Naomi: Yeah, it is.
Portia Genie: Do you want to play with us? You and Oatmeal?
Fran Naomi: Sure, that would be fun.
Portia Genie: I’ll play with Pooh Bear and Britney. Do you want to play with Oatmeal and Bailey?
Fran Naomi: You’re going to let me play with your doll? Just like that?
Portia Genie: Of course! You’re new and I want you to feel at home. This is your home now too, after all.
Fran Naomi: Gosh. That’s really nice. I didn’t expect anyone here to be so nice to me.
Portia Genie: Well, Britney and Bailey like to play, but they’re both a little bit shy so they often don’t say much when we play.
Fran Naomi: I see. You really don’t have any girls shoes for you to wear?
Portia Genie: No, I don’t. I don’t mind though. These shoes are comfortable. It would be nice to have some pretty Mary Janes like yours someday though. I’m sure I’ll get to wear pretty girls shoes eventually.
Fran Naomi: You’re not going to ask to wear mine?
Portia Genie: Oh, no. Those are yours. I wouldn’t ask to wear your shoes.
Fran Naomi: But you’re going to let me play with Britney.
Portia Genie: Yes, that doesn’t mean I want something from you.
Fran Naomi: Wow. That’s not the way I think at all. You’re a lot nicer than me.
Portia Genie: You can be nice too.
Fran Naomi: You think so?
Portia Genie: Of course. Anybody can be nice if they want to be.
Fran Naomi: Huh. I hadn’t really thought of it like that before.
Portia Genie: What do you want to play together? A game? Make believe?
Fran Naomi: Well, I can’t just sit here and play with you and Britney and Bailey while you’re having to wear boys shoes. So, why don’t you try on my Mary Jane shoes. I bet they’re just as comfy as your boys shoes.
Portia Genie: Are you sure? You said you’re not really nice like that.
Fran Naomi: Well, I haven’t been before, but like you said, I can be nice if I really want to be.
Portia Genie: Wow. Okay. Thanks a lot! They’re really pretty shoes.
Then Fran Naomi and the two littler dolls, Britney and Bailey, all waited for Portia Genie to switch shoes before they began to play. They all seemed happier once I was able to catch them in this last photo. Sharing didn’t come easily to Fran Naomi, but she was happy when she finally did choose to share.