Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Favorites - Raggedy Ann Revisited


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I think that this is a great idea
because we can shake the cobwebs
off an older post and share them
with you all again.


Dear, Dear Raggedy Ann.  She is only 45 years old.
The stories she could tell. 
She was with me since I was an infant.  I took her everywhere.
I couldn't go to sleep without her.
I used to launder and iron her little clothes.
She rode along on my trike and then in  my flowered bike basket.
I brought her along to my Gramma's house for a summertime visit (1970).
Against my wishes, I left her behind when I went to visit cousins.   Pepe' the Mn. Poodle
chewed off her foot!   My Gramma called my Mom LONG DISTANCE during the DAY 
so worried about telling me!   My brother, 5 years older than me, (age of 12) had to 
sew on a new foot constructed from an uncle's black sock.  Can you 
imagine the "goings on" in that house all afternoon.   My Gramma
was afraid to show me when I returned.   I wanted to cry, but I was a big girl 
and acted like it was okay.
Now let's fast forward to the 1990's.
I had the cutest little Miniature Schnauzer,
BusterBoy.
Buster was such a good boy.  He was very smart.
He could do a lot of tricks.   He was my baby before I had my son.
He was my true companion.   
I had Raggedy sitting on a rocking chair in my bedroom.
I walked into my room to see her lying on the floor 
with her eyes ripped off!  Whatever possessed him to do that - I don't know.
I just don't know how to repair her.  I don't think that I can.  
Her material is soooo old.  45 years old.  
She sits on my closet shelf.  Staring at me with her poor 
little shoe button eyes every time I open the door.
I'm afraid to take her out of the closet.   I don't want to lose her eyes.
Afterall, she still means so much to me.
And Jacob pointed out through it all she still wears her smile!
 

37 comments:

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I love that you still have your doll. She has a lot of battle scars, but she is still loved. You can't ask for more. Thanks for sharing. Hopefully nothing more will happen to her.

bumblebeecottage said...

What a great story. It makes your doll all the more uniquely you! I have a bunny that I have had since I was a little girl - she too suffered the unwanted attentions of a dog but lived to tell the tale. In answer to your stock question the brand is Knorr Simply Stock. It is a liquid stock in a yellow sachet which holds 450mls. I don't know if it is available in the US but I hope this helps. Have a wonderful weekend ;)

Smilingsal said...

Ah, childhood memories. You had a talented grandmother.

Raggedy Girl said...

A perfect Velveteen Rabbit story of a much loved Raggedy!

Have a Blessed Sunday
from The Raggedy Girl--Roberta Anne

Dishesdone said...

Great post! I still have my Raggedy, too! Yours looks like she holds so much love and memories!

Melissa Miller said...

Ah Robyn!
That is such a sweet heartwarming story of your Raggedy Ann doll.
I'm glad you still have her and she's safe.

Have a blessed Sunday.
~Melissa :)

Chari said...

Hello Robyn...

My friend, I'm so happy that you decided to participate in "Sunday Favorites"...and thank you so much for the sweet "mention" in your post!!! I sure do appreciate that, my friend!!!

Ohhh...what a touching post to re-share with all of us! Your precious Raggedy Ann is just sooo sweet!!! I don't know, Robyn...I think that your son got it right...your precious little Raggedy Ann is so indicitive of us and our lives! I love that even though Raggedy Ann has gone through some rough times, she does still have a smile on her face!!! I love that!!! I have always just adored Raggedy Ann and Andy...in fact, that is what I decorated my very first nursery in! It was so sweet all done up in red & white checks!!! Ahhh...such sweet memories! Thank you, Sweetie!!!

Again, so happy that you joined along in Sunday Favorites...Thanks!
Warmest wishes,
Chari

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What an amazing story, Raggedy Ann has!! It's wonderful you still have her!!

Great post!

Meme said...

Aren't Raggedy's wonderful? Many years ago I worked with an elderly woman whos father was the man who "invented" Raggedy Ann and Andy. There last name was Gruelle I believe. It tickels me to think that something that started out as a father's gift to his girls could be such a legacy.

Chandy said...

Wow, Roberta, she's still so pretty after all this time! Thanks for sharing this post again with us!

Chandy said...

Sorry Robyn, I mixed your name with Roberta's Raggedy Anne user name. Ooopps! Sorry...

Stacey said...

Well I think you could say that Raggedy Ann was loved by everyone in the family - pets included! I'm glad you still have her.

Stacey said...

Well I think you could say that Raggedy Ann was loved by everyone in the family - pets included! I'm glad you still have her.

Stacey said...

I forgot to tell you, my hubby gets so excited when he hears Stevie Ray Vaughn coming from your blog!

Stacey said...

I forgot to tell you, my hubby gets so excited when he hears Stevie Ray Vaughn coming from your blog!

xinex said...

What a precious story, Robyn. I am so sorry for what happened to your Raggedy Ann doll but at least you still have her...Christine

Mrs. B. Silly said...

I had a Raggedy that would be pushing 50 now if I still had her. Poor thing probably was laid to rest in a landfill somewhere, what a way to go. I hope I get better treatment than she did. lol I'm glad you are lucky enough to still have your Ann!

Mimi said...

Ohmygosh, I'd have to put sunglasses on her so I wouldn't be able to see her poor eyes! There just has to be someone out there that could help you. Gosh, we used to darn socks, didn't we?

I think I'd take a photo with me to some quilting shops, craft stores, fabric stores and ask if they knew anyone that could help. In the meantime...sunglasses...and a big, floppy hat. My face hurts just looking at her!

Deb said...

I wish I still had my Raggedy Ann and Andy...I do have my daughters Raggedy Ann

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh my goodness, I have the "same" Raggedy Anne doll, and she has been with me for 50 years! She is in slightly more "together" shape, but was played with and loved in a similar way. Yours shows the proud battle scars of life!

Lovely post... I think playing with dolls and loving them is a wonderful thing for children.
Cass

Vivienne said...

Oh wow what a story!!! Poor Raggedy Ann. A foot amputated and now blindness. But she's still here and still loved.
That's awesome!
Thanks for coming by to visit me!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

I had a Raggedy Ann, too. I hope my mom still has her packed away somewhere in the attic! Yours is precious and well-loved, regardless of her battle scars from Buster. Great story! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

marty39 said...

Oh, I am so glad I found your blog, your Raggedy Ann is so precious and I can see why you love her so much. I'm so glad you still have her, and all the sweet memories to go with her. I don't know how it works, but I do know they now have a product that is invisible stitch, it's like a blue, maybe that would mend her. You might check it out at the fabric store. Also, thanks for stopping by and leaving such gracious comments. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

HiHo said...

I had a huge Andy given to me in the 70's and in the mid 90's his face was ripped apart by our family dog....must be the eyes?? after years of moving Andy around I finally tossed him, I couldn't stand his sad eyes any more, your story gives me a little regret. No it pained me to see him like that. Hopefully he found a good new home through Good Will. happy pink,and love your Anne, Heidi

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Poor R.A.. You're right! She's a good example for all of us. Still smiling, in spite of all of her troubles. I'm so glad you've kept her, and I loved your commentary about her. laurie

Judi said...

Oh my what a lovely little dolly and so special because she's been yoours forever...you are so lucky the puppy didn't eat the piece he tore off!! naughty... she is so cute still and I know how carefully you have to handle her.
thank you for sharing
have a lovely evening
Judi

Kathleen said...

Can you imagine how upset your gma was to call Long distance during the DAY!!! What a cute story..your bro sewing on her foot.
My sister makes them, has for years..100's and 100's, the faces all by hand and the hair..I have my son's upstairs..Each new baby gets one...a definite keepsake...

Kristens Creations said...

Awww...What a sweet post. I'm sorry about Raggedy Ann's eyes. At least you still have her and she is still smiling like your son pointed out. Thanks for your nice comments on my red post! Kristen

Cynthia said...

Robyn,
That is a lovely story about your beloved raggedy ann. She is a treasure. Cindy

newlyweds said...

Aww what a great doll and sweet story. I have a stuffed animal that I've had and took everywhere with me also.

vintage chic mom said...

Her injuries have left scars (don't we all have them?)but they only show that she was (and still is) very well loved. Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story....I think you little doggie was jealous....have you ever wanted to just rip somebody's eyes out? :) And, through it all, she still loves you unconditionally....you can see it in her smile (kids are great to notice these things, huh?)!
Kelly

nikkicrumpet said...

Dang...that Buster made poor Anne a little more raggedy than she needed to be!!! Schnauzers are evil like that. Although Ozzie wants to assure you that he would never eat your doll's face! I'm so sorry that happened! And I love the idea of dusting off some old posts. I may do that myself!

the wild raspberry said...

i loved this story...so sweet.
chasity

The Raggedy Girl said...

Thanks for stopping by my new blog. What I did was try to make my blog into three columns by editing the HTML. I used a Blogger book and when I was done I had murdered my whole blog. But it is all better now.

The Raggedy Girl

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I loved your story! You'll always have memories of buster! :)

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Awww! This reminds me so much of my family of teddy bears that I cherished growing up. I still have them today and will never part with them, battle scars and all. I must say though, they didn't go through quite the trauma of your poor Raggedy Ann!

Kady

Sheri said...

OH! I had a raggedy ann too and I loved her so much! She had the exact same print dress!! Imagine that!! I wish I still had her. :( I am very glad you have yours...what a wonderful memory!
Hugs!
Sheri