Rap Rap Rap! Miriam heard three knocks on her front door. She hurried to the door. She opened the door and lowered her gaze to the . . . doll standing there.
“Hi, maybe you remember me? I’ve seen you at the library. I take music lessons at the Podium, too . . . ,” the doll said.
“Oh, yes, that’s where Cecily has her piano lessons. Do come in,” Miriam replied as they both walked over to the sofa. Sasha, the doll, sat down. Sasha looked at the array of books with awe. Her gaze settled on the piano. She smiled and looked around the room.
“Would you like some milk and cookies?” Miriam asked.
“Cookies! Yes!” Sasha replied, looking down at her hands in her lap.
The doll’s eyes closed and opened and closed like a doll’s eyes. Her eerie doll lips opened and said, “Mama.” The doll put her arms out. Then she snapped to attention and looked at Miriam.
“Sasha, are you ok?” Miriam asked.
“Yes, I just feel kind of tired,” she replied. She stretched out on the sofa to rest. Miriam gave her a pillow. After Sasha rested for a while she seemed more human. Her skin looked more warm and alive. She seemed more flexible.
Miriam went to the kitchen to get the milk and cookies. She had baked chocolate chip cookies. Miriam wondered what to say to Sasha to ease her doll human transition. She came back into the living room and put the milk and cookies on the coffee table.
“Quaff the aroma,” cooed Sasha. The scent of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies wafted through the room. The fragrance of lilacs and honeysuckle also scented the room. They’d planted lilacs and honeysuckle near the windows. Plants of Jupiter and Mercury to assist them in their writing careers.
Miriam tried to think of a song to play. Perhaps Valley of the Dolls or The Shadow of Your Smile. Sasha would feel better than, more like herself. She’d be more centered, alert and aware.
Cecily sat down at the piano and started to play. She played The Shadow of Your Smile. It did seem to ease Sasha’s stress and return her to normalcy.
Seeing that everything was copacetic, Miriam went to make tea. Soon she returned with the silver tea set and jasmine tea. Sasha and Cecily were chatting, eating cookies and drinking milk. Miriam gave them cups of jasmine tea. Then Miriam had cookies and tea. After a while she had a suggestion for Sasha.
“Have you tried meditating? Mindfulness meditation is believed to cure so many mental and physical problems. It’s easy to do. Try to be very aware of what is happening. Try to feel the sensations you have and listen to any sounds you hear. I’ve heard it works wonders. It’s cured so many things.” Miriam sat back. “Ah,” she said.
Sasha’s smile seemed to fill the room with her gladness and appreciation.
“That is so thoughtful of you. Just the thing. I will try it again and again and come back to tell you what I think of it. Now I must be going.” She looked toward the front window. A large dollhouse pulled up in the street in front of the house.
“I hope you have a very merry weekend. I’ll see you soon,” she said, smiling and waving as she climbed into the groovy roaming dollhouse on wheels.
Miriam and Cecily both saw her off at the front step, waving goodbye.
“Have a nice trip!” they chimed.