Me and Nel were talking the other day about her favorite childhood doll, and how she lost it one afternoon when she was three years old. Here is her short story of the lost cherished doll.
~I was at a restaurant with you, Dad, and Raggedy Ann and we were sitting in a leather booth. Sometime after leaving the restaurant, I realized I didn't have her anymore and I had a complete breakdown. I was totally inconsolable. A few weeks later, I remember being at Grandma's house and being presented with my Raggedy Ann, which you all had miraculously "found," but I remember knowing that it wasn't my real Raggedy and throwing her down crying. It turns out, I was right. It wasn't the real Raggedy. Grandma had made me a new one to replace the one I lost, but any kid can sniff out a new replacement toy. The ironic part is that the "new" Raggedy (pictured here) is now probably my oldest and most treasured toy from my childhood. I kept her all those years, through kindergarten and middle and high school and even college, through all the moves and life changes, and now she's sitting on a bookshelf in my own daughter's room with her baby Raggedy, which you got for me when I was pregnant. I look at her from time to time and think how happy she is to have a baby girl.~
Nel took that doll everywhere she went, and it will always be a part of her life.
You know, it's so hard for Jess to part with her stuffed animals. One day when she was sorting through them to give some away, she had a hard time letting them go. And I can relate, as I kept many of my children's special things. This is a handmade bunny Jess made me when she was little.
We love our special stuffed animals, don't we?
Do you have a special stuffed animal or doll from childhood? Here's mine. I still have her. My mom was a great seamstress and made a few doll clothes for her.
Happy May! What a wonderful month this is.