Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Katherine's Big Day

Katherine is going to "Granny School" this week.  This means hanging out with Granny and Poppy until Monday rolls around and she can finally start 2nd grade.  Today they had all sorts of big plans and ended up experiencing even more.

My parents bought a new-to-them vehicle this week and stopped to pick it up today.  That meant that Katherine got to be the first to ride in the "new" car AND it had a TV and DVD player.  They then drove the new car to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.  Katherine had a grand time exploring the museum and learning all about space.  I had given her my old camera and she took all sorts of remarkably good pictures.  (She even remembered what they were all about this evening.)  They stopped in Yoder for lunch and to have a quick lesson in Amish culture.  Kate was quite fascinated by all of the old fashioned tools and buggies.

But the best and most exciting part of the day was totally unplanned and it is a marvelous story!  Over the past year Katherine has discovered the American Girl book series.  She's not been particularly interested in the American Girl dolls, but the books enthrall her.  She has read all the books she can find and is so interested in the history they describe.  Her favorite character is Felicity, a girl from colonial times.  We have looked up information and talked about colonial life often.  Last week Kate discovered sewing patterns for colonial style dresses.  She immediately decided that she wants to dress like Felicity for Halloween.  Today, Mom decided to stop at a quilt shop so Katherine could pick out fabric for this Halloween dress.  And that was when the magic started...

The shop keeper was a young woman who struck up a conversation with Granny and Katherine.  Granny mentioned that the gold fabric she was buying was for Katherine's colonial dress.  The woman's face lit up and she asked Kate is she had read the American Girl books.  Then she asked if Kate knew about Felicity.  When Katherine said that Felicity was her favorite, the woman explained that she had some American Girls books, mostly about Felicity, that she was getting rid of and did Katherine want them?  Kate, of course, said yes.  The books were at the woman's home, so my parents agreed to stop back on their way home to pick them up.  When they retured to the store, not only did the woman have a stack of books for Katherine she also had a Felicity doll and a large trunk full of clothes and shoes for her!  The woman said that she had decided that it was time to get rid of some of her childhood things.  The American Girl doll had been one of her favorites and she wanted it to go to someone who would appreciate it.  Just last night she had prayed to God and asked for some sort of sign as to where the doll should go.  And today Katherine walked into her shop, looking for cloth to make a dress like Felicity's.  Isn't that amazing?

Katherine is absolutely thrilled with her new doll.  When I got home she was talking so fast that I couldn't understand.  She finally drug me in the house and pointed at the doll and trunk and her face just shone.  Granny told her that she had "found a gold mine" and Kate understood that.  This was an amazing gift and Katherine is so appreciative and so delighted.  There will be many, many hours of Felicity playing at our house!  And that sweet quilt shop keeper will know that her beloved doll has found a good home.

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