The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #189: Toy Stories

We’ve been thinking a lot about how toys leave a mark on us — especially dolls. They test and tax the caregiving abilities of children and parents alike so, today on the show, three different stories about the strong emotions dolls provoke in us.

Tune in to hear the confessions of an American Girl Doll superfan, Hillary Frank’s husband Jonathan Menjivar saves a life, and an overdue apology for Grandma Bertha.

You can see the mimosas in my eyes. pic.twitter.com/AMuTi9M77B

— KJ (@KendraJames_) December 26, 2018

Kendra James is a freelance writer. You can read her piece about working at the American Girl Place (there is some NSFW content in it), and she wrote about cosplaying as Angelica Schuyler.

If you want to read more about the history of Addy Walker, the first black American Girl doll, Aisha Harris wrote about it on Slate.

In our second story, an important reminder to keep bunchems away from doll and human hair alike.

Jonathan’s meditation ritual for 3 weeks.

One of the many bunchems in Sasha’s doll’s hair.

Jonathan’s friend Rick, also sent pictures of their bunchems incident. It took him and his wife over 3 hours to free their daughter’s hair.

Rick’s bunchems crown for his daughter.

And the three hours it took to remove it.

In our last story, we call Codi’s Grandma Bertha to apologize for a wrong from over 30 years ago.

Little Miss Codi and her authentic cabbage patch doll friend

Codi works at Stitcher and produces the shows Womp it Up! and How Did This Get Made.