158/365 – Kids Reading With Raggedy Ann. My cousin is getting ready to move and is cleaning out closets. She gave me Aunt Coco’s Raggedy Ann made for her by my mother’s cousin in Louisiana. Actually she made them for all of us kids too but ours Anns and Andys were a small version. You may know Raggedy Ann and Andy have hearts sewn on their chests. Aunt Coco’s Raggedy Ann’s heart has “I love Aunt Coco” inside it. Anyway, I had her in the car and thought I’d just bring her in to visit for the day. None of the kids knew who she was but you wouldn’t believe how interested and excited those kids were to see her. Even my big fourth grade boys wanted to cuddle up and read to her. One boy, Denim, asked how old she was. He was shocked to find out she’s over 40 years old. This same boy came in the next day and said, “She’s still here!” So I decided Raggedy Ann will have a new life at school. She’s been away too long.
Bonus Doll Story:
My public library lends out Am.erican G.irl dolls. You’re probably thinking the same thing I did when I found out. This library has too much of my tax money. Anyway, I was checking one out to take to school for our school librarian to use in a lesson for African American History month. The librarian came out with Ce.cile and said she’d just been returned that day with some spots on her dress. The librarian had washed out the dress but it was still damp. I could take it with me and put it on her in a few hours. Hoping Ce.cile wouldn’t catch her death of cold being undressed and all, I agreed. The next morning in the school parking lot, there I was dressing this doll while coworkers pulled up on either side of me and eyed what I was doing while they walked into school. Guess the word got out….Paige has gone completely round the bend….she’s playing with dolls and muttering to herself. It did make me feel a little kooky balls to dress that pretty little doll but I figure if anyone has the right to be kooky balls, it’s me. and my doll.