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Faith, my youngest granddaughter, is an artist, too. She’s fearless with art materials and loves to take over “the art room” whenever she visits. For years I’ve hidden the Sharpies when I knew she’d be coming over, due to the frequent permanent marks on the floor or table in the aftermath of her visits. No matter much I tried to hide the pens, she always found them and used them.
In addition to being an artist, Faith is a worrier. One time last fall she asked me if we could make worry dolls. I bought wooden clothespins and handed them to her the next time she came over. In no time, Faith assembled a worry doll and it looked like so much fun that I decided to make one, too. That night Faith slept with her worry doll and woke up cheerfully the next morning announcing, “The worry doll worked. I slept with it and I didn’t even worry one bit!” When she told her grandfather Papa about it, he suggested we call them “don’t worry” dolls. The name stuck and almost a year later, I’m still making them.