Yesterday I visited a longtime friend, Diana. I’ve known her since high school, so that would make us friends for about 13 years and counting. I remember the first time I met her. I guess you could compare her to the energetic Ellie, from the Pixar movie, “Up”. I, on the other hand, was more timid and composed. So the story goes a little like this: Diana walks up to me the first week of school, as I’m putting my books in my locker, and she says to me, “So you’re the one that everyone is mistaking for me!”
Yep. And we’ve been friends ever since. : )
Diana had a baby girl back in April, and so with my small family in tow, we went to visit Diana’s little baby, Shreya. It was so weird sitting next to my friend as we both held a baby in our lap. And not just any baby, but our own babies. In honor of little Baby Shreya, I sewed her a Black Apple cloth doll. [I was actually working on the same styled doll for Dhara’s half-birthday present, when I thought I would also whip one up for pretty little Shreya.]
My doll is somewhat different than the typical Black Apple doll because she has a simple cloth face with no features. For her dress, I used a block printed fabric I picked up in India last year at my favorite fabric store in Madras. The shop is located in an outdoor market bustling with business everywhere you look. I could literally spend an entire day at that fabric store looking at all the beautiful cottons and ethnic prints. I also love the little lace collar I added to the neckline. So sweet and feminine. I think I’d like to call her Amelie.
I think Baby Shreya is enjoying her Amelie Doll, don’t you think?
Diana and I had a great time watching our babies and marveling at how life has changed so much since these little ones arrived. In the last 13 years, Diana completed med school while I went into the world of information technology, and then onto campus ministry. We’ve both had our ups and downs, but eventually got married to great guys, settled down and are both in a good place now — mommyhood. So looking forward to what God has in store for us in the years to come.
Susan and Diana. 1999.