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Oh Sophia, we barely knew you...

Baylie is a shopper. She loves gift shops, swap meets, cool little boutiques, and all manner of markets. We have had a discussion multiple times about the nature of this trip and the unchanging reality that our bags are SMALL! We agreed repeatedly that our keepsakes would have to be memories, photos, and journal entries. Shipping things home sounds good in theory, but the cost and hassle just make it unrealistic. So our last evening in Barcelona we were strolling past a swap meet type market and she became fixated on this little mirror covered in "jewels". It looked very "Spain-y" and oh-so-Baylie. I repeated my speech about our limited space and how even the little things add up. As we crossed the bridge back to our neighborhood she finally wore me down. I gave her the money and told her I would wait on the bridge. Off she ran. Ten minutes later she reappeared with a look of panic on her face. Before I could even see her clearly through the crowd she was saying "I'm so sorry! I don't know what happened!" She kept babbling about how she just asked a price and before she knew what happened she had somehow bought this BEAUTIFUL doll!! This was no Barbie, this antique looking, porcelain faced doll would fit right in with Baylie's growing collection. Where it would NOT fit is in our luggage. There were tears in her eyes, but my practical little girl understood we had to fix this and take Sophia back (yes, she got a name during her trip across the bridge). Back we went to the nice old man and explained that her suitcase was too small and she couldn't keep the doll. He was very understanding and gave her the money back, which she promptly took to the next stall and bought the mirror. As we walked back across the bridge she observed that souvenirs are better when they have a story, and the mirror now has more of a story.

Posted by Pelham Family 08:35 Archived in Spain

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While I knew what the ending of your blog would say, I kept wishing for the " good" ending...that doll was shipped home . Goodness. And the year of shopping has begun!

by Laura

The realities of life are oh so cruel. Love your stories - wish I was with you. (a friend of your mom)

by Dorothy Meyer

Nice to hear from friends of my mom, Dorothy! Thanks for following along :)

by Pelham Family

Oh my, the story about Sophia tore at my heart! If I was there I would bring Sophia back for her! We love you guys and enjoy hearing from you. Kiska is fine and think of you every day as I go in the back and talk about you guys to her. Kiska went swimming this week all on her own. What a girl! Take care. Sheri

by Sheri Comaianni

Good grief!!! You know how to make your mother cry! Today I sent Baylie an email picture of the little doll she bought on our Alaskan trip. (I bought a special bag so it could rest in the overhead on the flight back.) I'm so sorry there was no way to send Sophia home. I can just see the look of disappointment on Baylie's face. If she finds a doll in France, ship it home and charge the postage to me!!! xoxoxoxo

by Mom

This one choked me up for sure! If you're still by the man on the bridge, go back and get Sophia and ship her to my house! I'll call the shipping Baylie's early Christmas present! Love you!

by Sissa

Does Baylie read these entries? I knew halfway thru this blog your family would be organizing a shipping fund within the hour:-) I admire your mothering, and think you are raising a cultured young lady who will have the practical skills to get her through everything life throws at her. Enjoy France!!!

by Kathy

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