January 12, 2013
There is a picture of me on the cover of my memoir "Everyone's Child". I am holding a plastic carnival doll which I don't remember playing with. I am also holding a rubber doll. His name was Tommy Tucker. There are pictures of me in a stroller - then called a taylor-tot. Tommy Tucker is laying on the tray in front of me. I remember him sitting in the doll crib in my bedroom along with my composition Mama dolls.
He became a casualty of WWII. I told about him in my book. At school they told us to find anything made of rubber and bring it to school. It would be taken to a place to be melted down. The rubber would then be made into life rafts to save the lives of our soldier boys. I took Tommy Tucker and a rubber figure of Dopey the dwarf in Snow White. I loved them both very much but I loved our soldier boys more and wanted to help them in any way I could. I have always wondered about the soldier who sat in the life raft made from my beloved toys. I wonder if he knew how much a little girl loved him or how much she cried over the demise of Tommy Tucker and Dopey.