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Dear team
Part of my therapy is coming to terms with my family.
Have shared the parents on the scooter with dog clipped onto the front this week in an attempt to come to terms with my own genetics.
Now I wish to share what the dutch rellies are doing – as we speak. It’s Oma’s 50 birthday. They trash the front yard with lewd pics and posters. For real.
The meat doll is however the thing I am finding hardest to come to terms with.
Please be understanding of my pain/embarrassment.

Dear reader,

Part of my blogging therapy is coming to terms with my family – both sides of it.

I have shared the parents on the scooter with dog clipped onto the front this week in an attempt to come to terms with my own genetics.What the Dutchies do when you turn 50

Now I wish to share what the dutch rellies do. My mother-in-law (let’s just call her Oma) turned 50 last August. The Dutchies like to trash the front yard with lewd pics and posters. For real. It’s a quaint little tradition, and they share their joys with the community, such as when the soccer team wins, or a new baby is born. This is what they do when you turn 50!

The meat doll is however the thing I am finding hardest to come to terms with.

When you turn 50, Ladies get a Sara doll, and men get a Abraham doll. The white stuff is not pastry (as I was hoping) but speck (ie pig fat).

Please be understanding of my pain/embarrassment. Any words of support would be well appreciated.

More on meat dolls:

Answers to your follow-up questions –

Question: Can you buy them at the butcher?

Answer: Yes, you can buy the meat dolls at the butcher (and even online).

You unfortunately can’t get them in Australia. I am sure if there is enough demand (which I am positive will be the case) then we can create meat dolls here too.

Question: Why do you give a meat doll?

Answer: I asked my husband this question, and his response indicated to me that he doesn’t see anything unusual about giving a meat doll as a gift. ‘It’s a present’, and also ‘It’s what you give someone when they turn 50’.

Maybe I am missing something here. To him this is perfectly normal behaviour.

Question: What do you do with it?

Answer: You eat it, of course. I hope you even cook it prior (but who can tell with the Dutch).

Sara meat dollDavid Meat Doll

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hazel says:

    And I thought my English parents were a little wierd. Nothing compared to the Dutch!

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  2. lana says:

    Do you actually buy these or are they made in the home? What is the reason for a meat doll?…So many questions.

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  3. Facility says:

    Dutchlicious!

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  4. John says:

    A Dutch colleague gave me an Abraham (happily made of cake rather than meat) for my 50th, and it was a gift that’s been with me ever since. It came in a cardboard box with an attractive slightly stylised pic of the Abraham cake on the lid. I liked it so much I had the lid laminated and then blu-tacked it to the kitchen wall. It’s been there ever since as a sort of cheerful memento mori, reminding me not to waste time because time is passing.

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    1. Geri says:

      John, it’s an awesome gift that you got (the cake Abraham) and I think your friend must regard your friendship greatly to go to so much effort. I think home made gifts are the best. I suspect the meat doll is the gift you give the person who has received EVERYTHING! I mean, they will never have got one of those before (it’s unlikely). Just imagine fashioning a meat doll, little chops for legs, making the mince face. How much fun would you have?

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