When Laura Mejia immigrated with her family from Colombia to the United States, her parents told her she was only allowed to bring a little backpack because they were unable to bring most of their possessions on the plane.
Mejia was devastated because that meant she had to leave behind her precious Cabbage Patch Kid doll named Tina. Twenty years later she was reunited with her precious doll, thanks to her very determined husband.
When Mejia was 10 years old she immigrated to the United States with her family.
One Christmas when Mejia was a little girl she received a Cabbage Patch kid doll. The doll’s name was Tina and Mejia loved her so much.
About two years later, Mejia’s family immigrated to the United States from Colombia. Her parents informed her that she would have to leave all of her toys behind, including Tina. Ten-year-old Mejia was upset, but complied with her parents’ orders.
Six years ago she told her husband, David Barragan, about the doll she had to leave behind when she came to the United States.
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Mejia shared on Facebook how when she had to leave her doll behind she was upset, but even 20 years later she still thought about the doll.
“I cried about leaving her behind, and to this day I still remember her,” she wrote.
A few years ago she shared the story of leaving Tina behind with her husband, David Barragan. According to Barragan, Mejia briefly mentioned the doll, but he took note. For the next six years he looked everywhere for Tina, until he recently came across one in mint condition from Germany.
This Christmas Barragan surprised his wife with Tina.
For Christmas this year, Barragan got his wife a very special present. As soon as she took off the top of the box and lifted a corner of the tissue paper she knew what was inside.
“All the memories of my childhood came back to me, and I remembered how much I loved that doll,” she shared on Facebook.
Mejia was overjoyed to have been reunited with Tina after all these years.
This Christmas I received the most wonderful Christmas Present… I ugly-cried when I opened it. When I was 8 years old for Christmas I received a Cabbage Patch Kid Doll who came with a bathing suit,snorkeling mask and floaties; her name was Tina. When I turned 10, my family and I were immigrating to the United States and I was told by my parents that I would have to leave all my toys behind, even my precious Tina, because we couldn’t carry much on the plane. I was only allowed a little backpack. I cried about leaving her behind, and to this day I still remember her.About 6 years ago I told my husband the story about my doll. Little did I know that he would start searching for the doll to surprise me. He finally found it in mint condition from a private seller in Germany. This Christmas I was finally reunited with Tina, 20 years later!!! All the memories of my childhood came back to me, and I remembered how much I loved that doll. I left her behind because my parents wanted to give me more opportunities and a better future. I thank them every day for all that I have (Thank you Jairo Mejia and Marta Ledy Cardona always).Thank you to my wonderful husband, David Barragan, for the most amazing present I have ever received! I love you#TinaIsBack#ChristmasMiracle #Present #Gift #Childhood #Nostalgia #CabbagePatchKids #Love #Immigrant #Happy #Grateful Cabbage Patch KidsYoutube:https://youtu.be/IiMs_7m_6BI
Posted by Laura Maria Mejia on Wednesday, December 27, 2017