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SoCS: It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood, featuring Raggedy Ann, Flo and Eddie

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The Prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yarn.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

My mom grew up during the Great Depression. I don’t know if that contributed to her depression as an adult, but she got better after menopause. She told me that when she was a child, she had to put pieces of cardboard in her shoes to cover the holes. As an adult she had a lot of shoes.

“We don’t throw away food,” was her mantra in restaurants. I remember her wrapping leftovers in a napkin and putting the bundle in her purse to take home. Did they not have “doggie bags,” in the 60s?

One of the things my mom wanted as a child was a Raggedy Ann doll. She never got it during her childhood. One year my dad got her one for Christmas. Seems like I was about 9 years old, so that would’ve been in the 60s, too. When she opened the present containing Raggedy Ann, she cried, because she had always wanted one. Maybe she got both Raggedy Ann and Andy from my dad. They both had red yarn for hair and red and white striped legs and Ann wore an apron if I recall correctly. Maybe they had red triangular noses like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.

Personally, I don’t see the appeal, though my mom and I both had red hair. Mine’s still reddish, blond with a little grey blended in. I’m trying to imagine wanting a doll that badly and not getting it until you were in your 40s. Maybe they were expensive, or maybe they were just that poor and the dolls were an extravagance. When I think about all the toys I had as a child and that my grand daughter has, it makes me wonder if we had/have too much. But I’m glad my mom got her Raggedy Ann doll later in life.

I only wanted a pony as a child, and did have my own horse for a while in my twenties. Horses are a lot of work, but they gave me a little stability during a crazy time of my life. Speaking of horses, my grand dog went to the dog park and met a couple of great Danes. Leilu is a husky, so she’s big, but not as big as the Danes, named Flo and Eddie, or was it Eddie and Flo? – They were named after the leaders of the old rock and roll group, The Turtles back in the 60s?

First I’m going to share some photos of Leilu, my grand dog, with Flo and Eddie who I could not tell apart, though one is bigger than the other. Leilu looks crazy because she has blue eyes and a big smile which is real, not enhanced. She just got her stitches out from being spayed, so we didn’t have to worry about any hankypanky from the boys. She lives with her two sons who are also bigger than her, but that’s another story, or maybe it’s a yarn.

And here’s a video of the Turtles, including Flo and Eddie, from when they were on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 singing, “Happy Together,” a song on the playlist for my wedding reception.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “SoCS: It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood, featuring Raggedy Ann, Flo and Eddie

  1. Cute dog, JoAnna! Heartwarming story of your father gifting your mother a Raggedy Ann doll. They must have had very good communication! 🙂

    My grandma, when she was in her seventies, made lovely Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for a gift shop. She also gave them to all the family members. I remember that my mother always had her dolls sitting on her living room couch.

    Grandma made a life-size Raggedy Ann doll and matching costume for my young daughter. I made a red yarn wig, and my daughter was dressed for Halloween! The doll had elastic loops on the bottoms of her shoes that you could attach to your shoea and dance with her.

    Have a great weekend! ❤

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the story about my mom’s Raggedy Ann present. It’s so cool that your grandma made them in her 70s! I remember dancing with some kind of big doll with the elastic loops, but don’t remember the other details. Hmmm. 🙂

  2. Great job on the prompt, JoAnna. I remember being told about family members having to patch shoes when they were growing up. One of the tools I have from my father’s workshop is a shoe repair stand. He said they repaired anything that could be repaired, and like your mom, they never threw away food. I remember the Turtles. Those people must have been real fans to name their dogs after them. It’s good song, though. All pretty dogs.

  3. I’m glad your Mom got her Raggedy Dolls eventually. They are cute. I made these huge ones from a pattern for each of my daughters when they were little. Still have them.
    Cool dogs! Glad they get along great. 🙂

  4. This struck a chord with me, JoAnna. Raggedy Ann and Andy we’re so popular, perhaps because of the popularity of the Johnny Gruelle books. My grandmother saved all the butter wrappers to grease cookie sheets. She also taught me to darn socks. It is unbelievable to me how much children have and I wonder the same thing. When is it too much? I love the Turtles song, too.

    • Glad you could relate and enjoyed the song. I have used a butter wrapper to greens cookie sheets before. Not wasting is embedded in my brain.

  5. Thanks for sharing your Mom’s story about realizing a childhood dream of having a Raggedy Ann doll. Poverty is a cruel beast that still plagues millions of families here in the USA and worldwide.

  6. I had a Raggedy Ann doll ( and maybe an Andy too). I remember she had a painted on heart on her chest. I thought they were kind of funny looking too. I liked my ‘Chatty Cathy’ better or ‘Tiny Tears.’

  7. Your mother’s lasting economies are so telling

  8. Thank you for sharing!!… loved your “yarn”… 🙂 Raggedy Ann and Andy became quite popular, being what they represented and should one have one of the originals, they are worth quite a bit of money… lived on the farm in the 1940’s and ’50’s and didn’t get a lot, but like Ann and Andy was given and received with love… “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” (Mother Teresa)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

  9. Pretty sure there were doggy bags in the 60s. My grandmother and mom did the exact same thing. Nothing was every left behind, This in the days before microwave were re-heating anything was a chore.

    I’m glad your mom got her Raggedy Ann doll. I had one and loved it. My sister-in-law’s mom would make her own and sell them at craft fairs. The Raggedy Ann or Andy face but the buyer picked the color of yarn for the hair and the outfit. I wish I had kept the one I got for Pony. Such a good memory.

    • I still have trouble throwing food away. It was easier when I had dogs to help with clean up. Choosing Raggedy Ann/Andy hair color would be fun. I’m imagining multi color hair and and tie dye outfit.

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