Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A very special set of Therapy Reborns

These, because they have hair, are designated for
persons of any age in other facilities. They are not
suitable for patients of dementia.
Tommy has been on another page of arrivals at the orphanage but he made a big step this week. He went on Reborns.com as a therapy reborn even though he has hair. He has been accused of being a 'big mouth' without a big of shyness. True it is thanks to Tommy's courage that we are enlarging our concept of therapy reborns. Now we can offer companionship to others, not only those in dementia. There are therapy reborns for others confined in institutions and Tommy is one of them. That is why his face is being featured at Reborns.com this week and why he has influenced so many others at the orphanage to try wigs with real-looking artificial hair.

As Ming Yen's name implies she had two heritages. Her origin was in China when she became a collectible reborn made by Darlene for NKP dolls. She came to us over eBay at a very low price. Jane took her completely apart, refinished every surface, and reassembled her with all the weights in the right places. You can barely see that under her wig is still her original mohair. She certainly seems a happy little girl in America.

Peanut is a most happy child even with the name. Most people thought it was a nickname but she has taken it for her name. She loves this pink sleeper with the off-center opening. She likes everything to be slightly odd. She thinks that makes the world more interesting. This is not a conventional child. Anywhere she is put she immediately tries to find a way to go somewhere else. Here at the orphanage we can never find her so go around calling, "Peanut! Peanut!" and people think we are crazy. That is what Peanut does - she makes you go crazy in the best possible way.

Felicity was named by her sculptor who was Italian. She is one of the smaller children we have had at the orphanage. She is only 17 inches long and weighs only 2 pounds, 1 ounce.  Because she is so small she claims everyone picks on her. She is always getting into fist fights with others over absolutely nothing. She has had both eyes blackened and still has some results from those wounds. Nothing stops her determination - not even not seeing clearly out of black eyes. This girl has the force of a ten-ton truck in her petite tiny body.

Edith, as she is today in these pink sleepers, delights in switching between being a girl and boy. Here at the Orphanage we allow that hoping the child can experience both genders. Often it is the person who adopts them who helps them make the final decision. You can almost see a tiny quiver in Edith's lips as she passes through this difficult time. It would really help her to find her life-companion to support and encourage her through this decision.  The kids here at the orphanage are often not very helpful and I, for one, would be glad to see her settled in with the right person for her - or him.

She is Alice today because of the pinks surrounding her and the long hair. She loves her wig and hopes she can keep it in the future when someone picks her to be their therapy reborn. She is a good 21 inches long but only weighs 3 pound and 1 1/2 ounce. Today, after getting her in the jammies, she sat on my lap and laid her head on my shoulder. I was surprised how good it felt to hold her like that so we sat so long the baby rabbit in the bushes came out for his lunch of green grass. Alice is quiet and cuddly without being obtrusive or showy. She just quietly gets next to you, sighs a tiny sigh of relief and relaxes into your arms. This is a very comforting and comfortable feeling. She has it and wants to share it.

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