mdm aged 5 50 years later I get to bring a doll to New York City. Let me walk you back a little ...................... Once upon a time I was a very heavy sad woman. And resembled an egg on legs with enough cheek for a second set of teeth. After I had made myself as fat as a lark, I threw in Type 2 Diabetes to boot. May as well go the whole hog says I on Lithium eating the fill of the table and rooting for more. I had watched my Mother Siobhán die a little every day in her mute locked in body in a gigantic padded chair. We all die a little every day, just not as harshly. Siobhán witnessed this with her own Father, whose curled sepia fingernails gripped the white railings of the bed, ferociously shaking them in agitation while his wife, a doctor, a district nurse, a home help, 8 sons and 4 daughters did the caring. The Dooley Men doing the heavy lifting, sleepovers and gatching, the women doing the cooking and feeding, the bathing and shaving.