A few weeks ago while Lily was out of town, we got Rose the Little People Disney Princesses. Before Lily even came home from her trip to my parents’ house, Tiana was missing. I know this because Lily came over to the computer and saw a previous post on this blog that had a picture of all the princesses together.
“Mommy, there are seven princesses in this picture, but we only have six princesses here. Where’s Tiana?”
Where indeed. I thought Tiana would show up. Most toys usually do, but Tiana wasn’t turning up. When it had been a couple weeks and I hadn’t seen her despite a deep playroom clean, I emptied every toy bin and every toy shelf to see if she was hiding. She wasn’t.
Tiana’s disappearance was truly a mystery.
I looked through Rose and Lily’s room, then Violet’s room. Nothing. I hadn’t searched my own room yet because no missing toy has turned up there yet.
I had all but given up on Tiana when today my husband emailed me this picture of himself from work.
Tiana had been hitching a ride in his work backpack for weeks! He went to grab his lunch and out came Tiana!
One of my friends tells her son that his missing toys have gone on vacation and will have good stories to tell when they eventually show up again. Well, Tiana truly did go on vacation. I wonder if she picked up much organic chemistry while she was at the university!
Why Rose put Tiana in Dr. Toy Warden’s backpack, we’ll never know, but it sure made four out of five of us laugh a lot when we found out where she’d been.
This is Baby Rose as a Little People figurine.
For two years, this little doll represented Rose in Lily’s Little People universe. Around the time Rose turned 2 years old, this baby in a basket didn’t seem appropriate for her anymore. We bought a new “big girl Rose” to replace Baby Rose.
Baby Rose immediately disappeared. I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t find her for the life of us. Lily wanted to play with BOTH Rose dolls at once, but no matter how many times I completely tore apart the playroom, Baby Rose wasn’t turning up. It was bizarre because Lily is VERY anal about her Little People. They all represent extended family members and live in their own houses in specific places around the playroom. Their houses represent how far away from us they live. They have to load into the car to visit each other at each other’s houses. She notices right away and gets upset if someone isn’t in their proper house or goes missing. We usually find them pretty quickly. For Baby Rose to go completely missing was truly a mystery.
Baby Rose had been missing for more than 6 months. We had all given up on her. Then last week I was reorganizing the playroom, which I do periodically. This was not the first time in the last six months. In fact, it was not the first time in the last month, which is why it was an utter miracle AND mystery that Baby Rose turned up when I moved aside a puzzle box. How on earth had she been hiding behind the same puzzle box for six months? Surely it’s been moved within that time period.
I shouted for joy and Lily and Rose came running over. Everyone was SUPER excited to see Baby Rose again. As you can see, Baby Rose and Big Girl Rose look exactly the same.
Lily declared that Baby Rose was now Baby Violet, even though we have other baby Little People. I’m sure half Asian/half Ashkenazi Jew Violet will have blonde hair just like her big sisters… don’t.
Anyway, the doll’s timing in reappearing was impeccable. The baby will be here in the next 4 weeks. We needed a Baby Violet SOON!
Stay tuned tomorrow to see the complex play that developed when Baby Violet got added into the family mix.