So, I’ve been sitting here for the last…oh, hour or so, trying to come up with something witty to say about these troll dolls…

Yeah, I got nothin’.

These Dam troll dolls.

And just so you know, I didn’t spell that wrong. The first troll dolls were said to be carved by a Danish fella named Thomas Dam in 1959 as a Christmas gift for his children. The rest, as they say, is history.

I can’t say that I ever loved troll dolls. I mean, look at them. They’re just a little too happy, like almost a creepy sort of happy, with their beady little eyes and their Albert Einstein hair. But, in a way, they’re sort of creepy-cute, smiling, arms outstretched like they just want to give you a hug, dressed in all sorts of adorably odd little outfits.

I can’t even decide if I love them or hate them.

I actually forgot I even owned any troll dolls. They enjoyed a brief revival in popularity in the early 90’s, and somehow I ended up with three of them. I think I may have bought the little orange-haired guy in the skeleton costume, but I’m pretty sure the other two were gifts. Maybe for my birthday, or a Secret Santa thing. I honestly don’t remember.

I found them in one of the boxes Mom brought from her cellar, and I was definitely ready to part with them. Unfortunately, my daughter thought differently. The minute she saw them, she started hollering “Baby! Baby!” and wanted to play with them. Upon closer inspection, she shot me a quizzical look, as if to say “What the hell? These aren’t babies.” But, she played with them anyway, giggling at their crazy hair and hiding them in her box of toys.

So, I guess they’re sticking around for awhile, until Cadence decides that it’s time for them to go.

Thank your lucky stars you Dam trolls. Youve’ been granted a short extension on your stay.

About the Author Lori Romano

I am a writer, photographer, wife, mother, dog owner, half-assed housekeeper and a self-proclaimed coffee and chocolate addict. One day, I will write a book.

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