|Eunice Wachtveitl (center) at a Doll Club Tea|
Dad was a pastor and served small country churches. In those days,
|Life in Nooksack|
Eunice with brother Paul and our Dad
|Eunice and her Bicycle|
The war ended while Dad was in the Philippines and he was then sent to Japan. General Douglas MacArthur had been sent there and the rebuilding of Japan had begun. The Japanese thought highly of General MacArthur.
My school class visited a Japanese school and that visit was written up in a Japanese newspaper with headline: "Blue eyes widen in sewing class." Those were my eyes. I have never gotten over being amazed. Those girls moved their hands like machines. The needle was held stationary in one hand while the other hand quickly moved the fabric up and down, sliding it onto the needle in perfect little stitches. The paper also said that, when asked, I had said the school was as good as American schools. When this part was translated, my dad was not very happy about that but, for me, that class surpassed anything I had ever seen in school. I did this doll's kimono by hand, just to be more like what I saw that day.
The housing for Americans had been built in what had been the Botanical Gardens. When I woke in the morning after we arrived, I got up and went to explore our new home. On the coffee table in the living room was a low bowl that held one beautiful Southern Magnolia. To this day, that remains my favorite flower and scent. The flower had come from the tree across the street from our house. I could probably write a book about that year in Japan. Little did I know I would be returning two more times with my own children to be greeted by my own husband. I love that country and its people!
And there you have the reason for my fascination with American Girl dolls. They remind me.
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