I remember that for a long while I really wanted a doll with a soft body, that could eat and drink and generally look like a real baby. The thing was they were not common then and even if they were available, they were probably too expensive, so I never got one.
I wasn’t going to be easily put off the idea however, so I ‘opened’ the mouth of an existing doll and ‘fed’ her that way. Needless to say that the doll started to smell quite badly after a few ‘meals’ as what was going in was not coming out. I had to make another opening in the doll to make sure it was clean but that was never very successful. Nevertheless my sisters and I had great fun for a while doing this with a few of our dolls.
I was already in my late teens when these baby dolls finally became widely available and I remember feeling quite sad for myself then for not having had one.
I had not thought about this for a long, long time, but it suddenly popped into my mind as read about the Daily Prompt: Gimme and it made me smile.