These are my youngest granddaughters, Brandie and Lily, fourteen and twelve. A few nights ago my daughter sent this photo to me and I had to ask, "Who is the girl with Lily?" When she told me it was Brandie I was totally shocked! for I hadn't seen her in over a year, and my, what a change from the little girl I remembered. She looks so grown up! Lily lives close to us, so I haven't seen that change in her just yet, but two more years and she will be so grown up too.
Brandie used to stay with me on days whenever her mother had teachers' meetings, etc., and it was fairly easy to find things to entertain her. She liked to play with dolls, and I kept old dresses, hats, and shoes for her to dress up in. I stretched a "clothesline" between two chairs and she pinned doll dresses on it for a pretend laundry. From old magazines and catalogs she cut pictures and glued them inside a cardboard box to make a room for paper dolls. Some days she tried her hand at embroidery; on others she stitched squares of fabric on the sewing machine.