Jessica Sebastian makes a living by creating customized dolls and plush animals. She is used to getting special requests, but one day, she received a request that simultaneously broke her heart and inspired her.
I make dolls, which is not a heroic profession. But recently I was asked to make a doll for a little girl who is a superhero. A mama contacted me and asked if I would make a bunny doll with one eye for her two-year-old daughter who loves animals and lost her left eye to cancer.
The girl had started to notice she was different and her sweet mama read articles about how finding a doll who matches how a child looks can be helpful and therapeutic. She wanted her daughter to have a doll that looks like her and only has her right eye.
To date, I don’t think I’ve ever been asked to create something so tender and meaningful. Here is the adorable little girl on her third birthday, hugging her one-eyed bunny who is just as perfect and beautiful as she is. My favorite part of this photo is how she is wearing her Wonder Woman nightgown. It perfectly represents the strength and courage of this little superhero.”
People who read her post immediately chimed in to say that her story proved that making dolls is a heroic profession. She came to the rescue, giving one little girl the courage to go out and face the world regardless of what makes her different. She is a fighter, and having a little doll that looks just like her gave her back her confidence.
That makes Jessica a heroine in our book.
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