I was going to give Marguerite paper dolls as well for her birthday (homemade as well), but I learned that Chip was already going to give her a set from her favorite store, so I dropped that from my list. I don't know about you but paper dolls are so cool. I'd choose them over Barbies anytime.
My mom forgot her vow never to give Marguerite modeling clay again and got her some more. The little girl gets so much fun out of them that we can all just choose to ignore the turd-like pieces that abound weeks after the opening of the package.
Anyway, one of the bonding activities between Marguerite and her aunt is the clay thing. Chip likes messing with them and creating little food creations for Marguerite. She has always been a dab hand at conjuring little trinkets. Before she got sick, she used to make accessories. She has been making them again, but not in the same volume that she used to. I'm really thankful that my sister is well now, for obvious reasons and some. I had vivid ideas of the relationship Marguerite would have with her, of the things she could share with her niece that it was really heartbreaking to see their interaction limited to practically just being in the same place. Chip got most of the talent in the family (hey, I got some too! lol) and Marguerite can learn so much from her. She had classical voice training, for one, and I had dreams of Marguerite growing up singing opera with her. I wanted them to dance together, craft together, cook and eat gourmet together (Chip also studied culinary arts)... I want their relationship to be one of those special aunt-niece bonds. And now, Chip is better and all my visions from when Marguerite was a baby can be realized. Thank you, Lord.:)