Another Childhood Truth Revisited

Dec 14, 2015 | 3 comments

Toy_Story_3_posterFirst Corinthians Chapter 13, Verse 11 in the King James version of the Bible says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I say, “Well, some things, but not all.” At least in my case.

There is still a little corner of my mind that hasn’t given up my belief in Santa and the helpful kitchen elves and fairies among the garden flowers in summer. And I still think that children’s toys come to life at night when their owners are fast asleep.

Raggedy Book0002I’m sure that notion was firmly planted in my mind during all those bedtime story nights when my mom or dad read to me from the Raggedy Ann and Andy books. I think we must have read them all – even those attributed to, but not written by, author Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938). And, of course, I had both of the Raggedys among my dolls. (I think my mother gave them away in a cleaning/moving frenzy one summer when I was about 12. Nyel replaced them for one of our first Christmases together.)

Last night we watched “Toy Story 3” and I loved every minute of it – just like the first two “Toy Story Movies.” And I bought right into the premise about Andy going away to college and the fate of his childhood ‘friends.’ I got all teary just like I do with “Puff the Magic Dragon” and Jackie Paper.

The RaggedysI thought about all those antics that I know my dolls were (and still are) up to. In fact, I went upstairs to see if I could detect any change of position by either of the Raggedys. I couldn’t but I felt like I was six years old again… that same sense of wonder and belief. If this is part of being in my ‘second childhood,’ I’m enjoying every moment! I’m looking forward to “Toy Story 4” scheduled for release in 2018!


  1. Cate Gable

    I still have my Raggedy Ann! My next door neighbor (when I was a kidling) Laura Ramaley made her for me. Complete with the hand stitched “I love you” heart on her chest. She is still adored and, I hope, still adores me!

  2. Stephanie Frieze

    I had both dolls, too. They have been loved multigenerationally. And all the Toyota Stories are excellent!

  3. marjorie cochane

    I no longer have any of the much-loved books, but my daughter” s Raggedy Ann is sitting in a child’s rocker near our Christmas tree.


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