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The dolls came with a birth certificate and their name was already picked out. The dolls smelled like baby powder and the designer Xavier Roberts signed his name on the little bottoms of the dolls.
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These dolls were so hard to find. My grandmother gave me my 1st Cabbage Patch Kid doll and I remember being on top of the world. Her name was Henrietta.
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Then my best friend broke the news to me that a shipment of dolls had just came in and her father bought her a boy. I begged my parents to take me to the store to see if we could find a boy. My parents and I hopped in the car and drove to the store.
There were only a couple left. All of the caucasion dolls were gone. I begged my parents! I have to have a boy! I picked mine out. His name was Humphrey. Mmmmm! He smelled so good. Just like baby powder.
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My friend and I would take our dolls for a walk around the neighborhood every day in their strollers! We were serious about our Cabbage Patch Kids! I remember once, feeling heartbroken because someone couldn't believe that my parents had purchased me an African American doll. I couldn't understand why this was a big deal. I now understand racism and prejudice more clearly than I did back then.
I'm sure I have Henrietta and Humphrey around here somewhere. I have some boxes my parents gave me up in the attic. Just thinking about those dolls makes me want to go drag them out of the box to see if they still have that baby powder smell.
Did anyone out there have a Cabbage Patch Kid doll growing up? Do you remember their name?