Sunday, August 5, 2012

Guatemalan Worry Dolls

My mom, who loved traveling to Central America after she retired, recently gave my daughter a little bag from Guatamala. Little, like 2-3 inches tall. In it are 6 tiny sticks, shaped into people, with traditional colorful fabric wrapped around each doll. The message inside says to tell the dolls your worries. One worry for each of little doll.  Then put them back in the pouch,  place it under your pillow, and know that they have them. You don't need to hold onto your worries any more. In the morning, the dolls will have taken them all away!

My daughter was a little skeptical. But when she's alone in the apartment (her fiancĂ© works 24 hour shifts), and she feels a little afraid or worried, she might have a change of heart. Those little dolls may be just what she needs!

Isn't that a sweet custom?

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  ~Swedish Proverb

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