I'm not sure what it was, but I just couldn't bring myself to part with these books (perhaps there is some truth to Craig's accusations that I am a hoarder). There's a part of me who hoped that I would one day have a daughter to share these books with. And, who knows, maybe one day I will.
More than anything, these books played such a huge part in my life for so many years. It all started when I was in second grade. My mom bought one or two of the books for me at a book fair at our school. I was hooked. I would get one or two at a time. Once I was old enough to quit reading them, I had the entire collection. I loved reading about Kirsten's traditional Swedish Christmas and Molly's Victory Garden, and one year for Christmas my parents got me Kirsten's amber necklace.
I was saddened when, in the process of researching for this post, I discovered that the Kirsten dolls had been discontinued. I felt better when I realized that her books hadn't been discontinued. I hope that girls of future generations can appreciate stories from that time period and of the others that have since been added. I hope that they're as intrigued by those stories as I was. I hope that they're able to look back nearly 20 years later and appreciate the role those books and others played in their lives.
Ooh, I also just got exciting news. I was accepted to the Top Mommy Blogs and Top Baby Blogs Directories. If you have a chance, can you spare a click to get me past #0. (I've never really been very competitive, but being #0 doesn't make a girl feel all that hot.)