What’s the opposite of ruthless? My dictionary says benevolent, kind, compassionate, loving, charitable– maybe it should just say Ruth
Can you imagine a little girl’s delight when the doorbell rings and the UPS man delivers a package addressed to Miss Mary?
And delight turned to squeals of joy when she read the return address: American Girl Company.
My sister and I are generally $15-20 gift people. And my family birthday month is so overwhelming that I’ve often assured her– “A group gift is fine, a card is fine– even a happy birthday phone call makes us feel loved.”
But she knew this was the year to spoil my baby girl.
Bright red boxes tied with white bows.
Silk pajamas with fluffy slippers.
And the most perfect doll imaginable– Ruthie.
An opulent, indulgent gift.
As we read the introduction to Ruthie’s book (because all American Girl dolls are the subject of their own book– in case ya’ didn’t know) we learned that she is a girl living through the Great Depression.
The delight of the neighborhood, Goofy Ruthie is known for her kindness, her charity, her grandiose ideas.
And though my little Mary is certainly not in need of food or shelter, clothing or toys…
I know exactly why my sister sent the giant box with red wrapped packages.
Because it’s exactly, precisely
what my mother would have sent.
p.s. Ruth also thrilled the boys with her gift of Beyblades. I guess they’re all the rage in California, but we hick-Utahns hadn’t heard of them yet. Have you seen them in your neck of the woods? They’re fantastic.
p.p.s. as if she hasn’t done enough, my sweet sister also wrote a birthday blog for me. It’s completely flattering and I love it.