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The Good Witches of Petticoat Lane
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So my mother apparently started feeling hugely guilty that my sister is getting this big expensive Global kitchen knife (remember: culinary student) and some hair-straightener-iron thing (Sister Girl has a slight waviness to her hair that she is determined to conquer), and all I'd said I wanted was books. So we're Christmas shopping on Friday and she turns to me and declares, "I want to get you a doll." O... kay. Granted, I do collect a few kinds of dolls--Genes, once upon a time, and the occasional movie character, like the Barbie Sleeping Beauty with the fantastic likeness, or the Toy Biz LOTR dolls or whatever. But the last doll I'd even thought about getting was the Galadriel last Christmas (see icon), I didn't really have anything in mind, and... it was just such an abrupt statement, you know? I appreciated the thought, but I was sort of at a loss as to how to help her out with that.

So we went looking for this awesome little store called the Enchanted Cottage we'd seen a few years back, and... it doesn't exist anymore. We went to Smith's Variety in Mountain Brook, which we generally drop by at least once a month (the owner used to be the music teacher at Pilgrim Day School and remembers me by name to this day), and... they don't sell dolls anymore. Nothing more than a perfunctory case or two of Madame Alexanders, and I used to stare at the shelves of collectible dolls with laser intensity when I was younger, so this was an unpleasant shock. Does no one in Birmingham sell dolls? No one?

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