A few weeks ago, I heard this story on the news: A man was telling about a pair of golden slippers his aunt had, and when she died they were left to him and his sisters. They began a little something fun with the slippers; I think he called it "passing them off". In other words, one person might have the slippers in his/her possession and pass them off to another person as a surprise.
This was interesting to me, since my daughters and I have done the same thing for years with a doll's head. One daughter lives in a house, well over 100 years old, and finds little things buried in the dirt of the yard and garden. One thing she found was this doll's head:
We named him Shelby (who knows why?). Time has not been good to him, for he's stained and has one ear missing, but he's brought many a smile and much laughter to us. He is usually kept in one persons possession until the rest of us forget who has him, and then one day he gets "passed off" to an unsuspecting person. For instance, one daughter put him in with a dozen eggs she took to her sister. The last person to get him was me; he came tucked inside a small box in the package with Isabelle. Of course it's always more fun to discover him when others are watching for the surprised look on the face of the one he's "passed off" to.
I can't help wondering what kind of body he had and was he a special dolly to some little girl. Now he's waiting in a drawer until the perfect time for me to "pass him off". Hmm-m who could find him next?