Moments in Time – Dolls

She was classy, looking poised and polished whether she was wearing the latest style or gardening clothes. When she went out, she wore fashionable hats, high heels and carried dressy purses.

7a- Freda Isadore Vredenburg Matthews10- Freda Isadore Vredenburg Matthews 918a- Aunt Freda visits photo booth 3 (2)26b- Freda Isadore Vredenburg Matthews 4 (2)

Aunt Freda took care of us while my mom did errands.  Having no children of her own, she doted on us, her great nieces.  We felt her love for us and we were better and happier because of it. She was present for birthdays and holidays and times in between.  Her love showed in her eyes when she was with us and our love for her grew as we looked back at her.

At the age of 56, our Great Aunt Freda died when we were six and nine years old, my sister and I were very sad about her passing.  Times with her and those loving eyes were gone.

What we had in her place, though, were her accessories….hats and high heels and purses galore!  I wonder how my mother, in her grief, thought to keep those things for us. Dress-up was more than dressing up – we were pretending to be Aunt Freda.  All of her love and characteristics were focused on our dolls as we practiced showing her love to them.

44a- Dress up

Looking at that picture, I recalled a similar one from a previous time.   When I found it, it felt priceless. There I saw my mother and her sister with their dolls. They were direct nieces of Aunt Freda.

66- Rhoda and JoAnne Vredenburg

Digging further, I found an image of my mother’s sister’s daughters with their dolls.  Like my sister and I, they were Aunt Freda’s great nieces.

19m- 1965 Pam and Cindy Prager (2)

It is said that times change but people don’t.  I had an urge to put these pictures together.   The following combination of images shows two sisters, and then below their own daughters/sisters with the same theme.  All of the girls were connected and loved by Freda.


A special aunt, little girls, and dolls. Love moves from generation to generation.

Moments in time connected by family and love.

About Climbing Downhill

Wife and mother of grown kids, in my 60's and dealing with MS, making life's moments count and trying to offer something of value to others along the way.
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8 Responses to Moments in Time – Dolls

  1. says:

    This is just beautiful!

  2. Jo S says:

    So many wonderful family memories and brought to mind to bless all of us

  3. Luanne @ TFK says:

    Beautiful pix. I have a board on Pinterest of children and their dolls and will try to pin this!

  4. Betsy says:

    Beautiful story!

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