To explain the whole story I need to take you back to the summer, when Odessa and I went to the Southbank festival and took part in the "machine of visual delights" - where children were writing down their ideas and wishes (with their parent's help). A group of artists in a little bungalow drew them (I never met them - just posted the peace of paper with our idea through the letter box). Odessa wanted a little girl with cat ears flying with a balloon and that's what we got...
A few months later I was browsing some Polish blogs and I found this charming lady meryselery and her lovely blog. She had on her site a doll that looks very similar to Odessa's cat-eared girl. There she is, I thought wow she does exist, sitting there and smiling at me from Cracow. I called Odessa, we admired the images of the doll for a bit and than we decided we just needed to have a doll like that. So I wrote to Marysia asking it there is any way an amazing doll like this one (with cat ears and lot's of character) could come and live with us - she said YES, I will make one for you. So once again I would like to say 'THANK YOU' or I should say 'DZIEKUJE'. You really did a very kind thing Marysia and put smiles on my whole family's faces.
The evening before we gave the doll to Odessa I talked to her and said that she was very good recently and very brave and the doll will fly on a balloon to her from Poland. And then we caught a magic, imaginary gold-fish (it's a little thing we do) and she told the fish she wants the cat-eared doll and set the fish free. Later on and she made a drawing of her wish, so there is no doubt about what she wanted
Next morning she looked through the window and there she was:
Odessa called her new doll... Odessa - as Odessa is not Odessa any more but Black Cat (yes, she still refuses to be called by her own name - I know all the children go trough different stages but why does my kid always go through the strangest ones?). At least there is one Odessa at home now.
Marysia's lovely gift arrived at our house during Christmas time but we waited a little bit before giving it to Odessa, as she already got lots of Christmas presents. We didn't want to over do it. And one snowy Sunday morning with Dad at home seemed to be a perfect moment.
Odessa has joined my daughter's pantheon of favourite toys. She was chosen to pick her up from the nursery. It's a privilege for the best, from the best (which finally means I don't have to carry Marie the cat everywhere - her previous favourite). And when people ask me where did I buy it I proudly say it was made especially for my daughter by a Polish artist!