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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A letter about winter reading

Dear Diary,

Adam:  As spring advances in the northern hemisphere, here, in the southern hemisphere autumn is gradually turning to winter.   There are lots of chores to do before the frosts set in and the days are long, dark and cold.  It's good to take some time to plan how we'll spend our winter.  It was fun to get this letter from our friends up north, to learn how they passed the cold months. 

Dear Angelo & Adam,
Winters in our part of the world can be long, cold and dark.  However, they do provide a great opportunity for us to catch up on our reading.  We want to share with you some of the things we have enjoyed reading over the winter.

For some unknown reason we have a few books in Italian in the house.  Giancarlo is very fond of these.  He loves to read stories in his native tongue, because he says the Italian language is “molto bella”.

Corduroy is Sasha’s favorite book.  I think it’s because he really relates to the story.  Like the eponymous bear, Sasha also spent a long time in the toy department of a big store before Steve brought him home. However unlike Corduroy, Sasha never went wandering about after the store closed, or tried to pull the buttons off of mattresses.

I love to read books on architecture, and fortunately Steve has tons of them.  I also enjoy magazines on gardening.  I’m making a list of things I want to try planting this spring.  As any gardener will tell you, the planning is half the fun. 

It’s always nice to revisit the classics.  We think the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson capture the essence of childhood.   Many years ago when Sasha came to live with Steve, he was dressed in pajamas and a robe.  As a child, Steve imagined him to be the sickly boy in “The Land of Counterpane”.   We are particularly fond of the poem “To Any Reader” –
As from the house your mother sees
You playing round the garden trees,
So you may see, if you will look
Through the windows of this book,
Another child, far, far away,
And in another garden, play.
But do not think you can at all,
By knocking on the window, call
That child to hear you. He intent
Is all on his play-business bent.
He does not hear; he will not look,
Nor yet be lured out of this book.
For, long ago, the truth to say,
He has grown up and gone away,
And it is but a child of air
That lingers in the garden there. 
We hope that your readers never lose touch with their own ‘child or air’.  Hold on to the child, and always let him or her out to play.
Take care,

Angelo:  Thank you, Tony, for inspiring Adam and me to get our winter reading books lined-up.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

A year of happiness

Dear Diary,

Adam: Somehow, it doesn't seem possible that I've been here for an entire year!  I was asked if this is my birthday, but I don't really know when that might be.  It's not really an anniversary, either.  It just marks the special date when I came to my new home to start a real life.

I remember the long, long trip to New Zealand.  I landed at Auckland and then had an 8 day delay because it was the long Easter holidays.

"This is me, arriving at my new home a year ago."

"Here I am today, waiting to surprise our postie!"

Angelo:  I can remember waiting for Adam to arrive.  I was so excited; I couldn't stand it!  Papa promised us a new family member.  I liked this idea because I wanted another doll to be friends with.

"Here I am, waving to the postie in case Adam was in the delivery truck."

I wanted to give something special to Adam on his special day but i just didn't know what to give him.  He needs more clothes but I can't sew.  He never complains or asks for anything, so it was a real dilemma.  Finally, I decided to go out into the garden and pick for him the loveliest yellow rose I could find. 

"Adam, this is for you."

Adam:  In honour of my special day, my lil' buddy Angelo gave me the sweetest rose bud.  He is such a thoughtful boy!  I'm glad we have become close.

"I am so lucky to have a friend like Angelo."

I've been thinking about my life, comparing it with being stuck in a box in some warehouse.  I was trapped in that box, tied down and lifeless.  Then, in a short time, I was alive and had a home and family.  It just couldn't get any better.  It's no wonder I'm happy!

"Yes, I am happy!"

Jesse:  In case you can't read the banner, it says:


like no one is watching.
like you've never been hurt.
like no one is listening.
like it's heaven on earth.

Adam has been such a wonderful addition to our family.  He is handsome and charming, polite and kind, intelligent and wise.  We can't tell his age; we only know he is grown-up.  Every day, he brings new joys to the household and we learn more about him.  We know it would make Adam very happy if the other Adam and Carter dolls, sitting in a warehouse, were purchased and given a home.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

A letter from the united states

Dear Diary,

Angelo:  Today, we received a letter with photos from our newest friends in the United States.  This is what they wrote to us.

Dear Angelo & Adam.  

    We know that naturally you are curious about your new friends in the U.S., so we have sent some pictures of me, Giancarlo and Tony.  In these photos we have just come inside from a walk and some fresh air.  Even though spring is just around the corner, it's still a bit chilly.  In fact, we had a dusting of snow last night.  I'm the one with the blond hair and striped sweater.  Giancarlo has dark hair and is wearing a plaid jacket and green shirt and Tony is the tall one.  He's wearing his new Kidz and Cats shirt and jacket.  Giancarlo is quite charming and outgoing, as you will find out.  He and I really like Tony.  He's a great guy and a lot of fun, even though he can be a bit of a worrier.  He always cautioning us not to play on the stairs.  I guess it's a good thing that we have someone responsible to look out for us when Steve is not around.  I'm very lucky to have these guys.  For a long time I was the only doll in the house.

    Hope you guys are keeping well.  We'll send some more pictures soon of the three of us doing things we like to do.



Adam and I excitedly read the letter several times.  Then, we looked the these photos. We love to get letters with pictures!

Adam:  We know we are going to become the best of friends, all the way across the ocean and half a continent!  Anyone else want to be our friend?