Springtime is beginning to blossom. This time of year always reminds me of the time one spring when three of the dolls who used to live here at the giant backyard dollhouse called “Much Ado About Nothing” decided to have a patio tea party.
The three dolls who took it upon themselves to have a tea party were called Katie Leann, Bobbi, and Mary Caroline. I took the photo above when I happened to go outside and discovered the dolls having their tea party.
The three dolls looked very happy sitting at the patio table with their nice porcelain teddy bear tea set. I noticed right away that while they had a very nice tea set to use for their tea party, they didn’t actually have any tea to drink, nor did they have any scones, cucumber sandwiches, or other traditional teatime delicacies to enjoy with tea. I asked the three dolls if they were enjoying their tea party.
“We’re having a very nice time, thank you.” Katie Leann told me politely.
“Yes, our tea is delicious!” Agreed Mary Caroline, lifting her dainty tea cup to take a sip.
“I thought the sandwiches and little cakes were tasty too,” Bobbi added happily.
“I’m sorry,” I told the dolls. “But, I don’t see any evidence here that suggests to me that you’ve been drinking tea, or eating anything. Your tea cups and plates are spotless as though they’ve not been used at all.”
“Of course!” Bobbi said.
“Yep! Just the way they should be,” agreed Mary Caroline.
“What fun would it be to have to do dish washing after our tea party?” Katie Leann said with a giggle.
“So, did you, or didn’t you, have tea and teatime snack foods here just now?” I asked them, totally confused.
“We ate all the things we told you we had.” Mary Caroline explained.
“Yes! It was easy. Much easier than the way you have tea and snacks for a tea party,” Bobbi told me with a sweet smile.
“But, how?” I asked the dolls.
“All our teatime snacks and our tea are imaginary!” We can eat and drink anything we like, and we enjoy it all in our imaginations!” Katie Leann told me, as she took another sip of her tea.
“Aaaah!” I nodded and joined the dolls in smiling. “That does ensure that everything will always taste just right, doesn’t it?”
“Every time!” The three dolls replied in a chorus.
“Well, I won’t interrupt you further then. Enjoy the rest of your tea party!”
“Don’t go!” Mary Caroline urged me.
“Stay! Join us!” Bobbi encourage, waving to a nearby empty chair.
“You don’t mind?” I asked them.
“You’re a writer! You’ll be able to imagine even nicer tea and snacks than we did.” Katie Leann told me.
And so I did. I joined their tea party, and I had a wonderful time too. I sometimes forget how magical the imagination can be, and that spring day those dolls reminded me.
As we head into spring this year I hope everyone who reads this story remembers to use their imagination every now and then. It makes life so much sweeter!