Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Quads Made it to Belgium

"Which quads?" you ask.  These would be four Mini Chou-Chou babies to replace a little 5-year-old's lost Mini Chou-Chou. 

Two Sundays past, I received an email notification of an order for one Mini Chou-Chou Baby by Zapf that I listed on a doll social networking site in August 2011.  Shortly after joining that site, my email address was compromised.  I associated the compromise with that site and never revisited.

I was very surprised when I received an order through that site and rather leery about the validity of the order.  I informed the parent of the little girl who placed the order that I no longer sold items through that site, which was almost the end of our discussion.  After she explained her dilemma (her daughter lost a doll identical to the one I was selling), I offered to send her a Paypal invoice for one of the Mini Chou-Chou dolls but first I wanted her to be certain the one I had was, in fact, what she needed to replace her daughter's lost doll.  (After all, shipping to Belgium cost more than the doll.)  She sent the following picture of her daughter's now lost doll to assure me what I had was what she needed.

Lost Mini Chou-Chou Baby (a 5-inch vinyl and cloth doll by Zapf of Germany)

Mommy explained:
The doll is exactly the same doll as on the picture. The doll is our daughter's favorite. A few years ago there was one doll at the local store. Our daughter was 1 year old and called the doll Mouna. From that time she and Mouna could not be separated. At daytime [Daughter] plays with Mouna and takes her everywhere and at night [daughter] can’t sleep without Mouna. Mouna also went with us on holiday for several times to Spain, France, Italy and Netherlands. And then tragedy happened; Mouna was lost. And it is still a very big loss for our daughter. We searched everywhere and did everything we could to find Mouna, but sadly we didn’t find her. That’s now a few months ago. We did a long search to find another Mouna and after quite a while we are very happy to find her this Sunday afternoon on your website.

I shared the following picture of the four Mini Chou-Chou babies I had left and suggested Mommy buy two for her little one to have a backup in the unfortunate event one gets lost. 

Four Mini Chou-Chou babies, the last of my stock of approximately a dozen

After viewing the picture, Mommy and Daddy purchased all four.

So the quadruplets were sent to Belgium the next day.  Mommy sent the following note after they arrived:

Mouna and her sisters arrived yesterday in excellent condition.

[Daughter] could not believe her eyes when she saw Mouna. She kept asking in this real? This is Mouna! Look mama here is Mouna! [Daughter] is very very happy with her. She jumped and danced around for joy.

I told her that far far away, all across the big ocean at a place where they have lots of good weather, there lives a very friendly lady and that she has sent her Mouna. And that Mouna travelled by plane because it was a very long distance and journey. (Where we live it’s 68 degrees and often cloudy/rainy in summer.)

Since yesterday [Daughter] hasn’t left Mouna for one minute. She takes her everywhere just like she did with the missing Mouna. Mouna was already on the swing, on her bicycle in the garden etc.

In December Santa Claus will give her a Mouna sister as a present...

..We thank you very much to send us Mouna and her sisters. You have made [Daughter] very very happy.

All is well when the ending is as happy as this.

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14 comments:

  1. This is what doll collecting is all about! What a wonderful story!! I hope they keep Mouna when she "puts her down" when she gets older. Because we all wish we had the doll we loved as a child.! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Such a beautiful thing. So glad that you were able to help them replace their daughter's precious doll. Glad they also have backups if needed :O) Truly what doll lovers are about

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  3. I love a story with a happy ending. How grand that you were able to help a child be reunited with a beloved doll friend.

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  4. LBDH, Dollz4Moi, and Limbe Dolls - Don't you just love a real-life doll story that has a happy ending? I certainly do and I love reconnecting people with dolls.

    Thanks for your comments.

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  5. Hello from Spain: How lucky you to have all those babies. I think the girl from Belgium will be very happy. A success story .. Keep in touch

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    1. Hi Marta -- I purchased the babies several years ago to sell them at a doll show. Several sold during the show and some were sold individually later. These four were the last of the lot. I am glad I still had them and that the parents of the little girl found me.

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  6. What a charming story. Seeing the words, "Mouna and her sisters," is such an aww moment. That little girl is going to be happy for a long time thanks to you.

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    1. Hi Muff,

      That happiness is going to work for a long time for me, too. Each time I look at my one Mini Chou-Chou, I will think about the happiness the quads are delivering.

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  7. There you go, making me cry AGAIN! I think we all know the pain of losing something that is very dear to us. So we can all relate to the little girl's loss. So happy there was a happy ending, even with the email issue. What an amazing story.

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      Happy tears are the best kind to shed.

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  8. How sweet! Made me a little teary eyed! Glad you could help the little girl find her Mouna!

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    1. Thanks, Margaret! Glad I could help too!

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  9. Such a wonderful story! I can see the little girl dancing around! I'm so glad you had the dolls for them. I know for sure I would of purchased them all too! Hey DBG, you know I'm still looking for my Zapf Creations Jessica!

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    1. Ok Brini. I will let you know if I see a Jessica for sale.

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