Raggedy Memories #OpenBookBlogHop #inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do any of your characters have a favorite toy from their childhood? Do you?”

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When I was a little girl, I had a Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy doll. My mother read me a book about Raggedy Ann and Andy’s adventures in a nursery with a French doll, Uncle Clem, and a host of other characters including their mistress, Marcella. I loved that book and enjoyed snuggling with Raggedy Ann and Andy in bed at night.

As an adult, I kept Raggedy Ann and Andy on my living room couch for a while. Eventually, I passed them down to my niece. Now, my niece is grown. So, who knows what became of Raggedy Ann and Andy?

How about you? Did you have a favorite toy when you were growing up? If you’re a writer, do any of your characters have a favorite toy? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.

 

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

10 thoughts on “Raggedy Memories #OpenBookBlogHop #inspiration #WritingPrompts”

  1. I had only one doll that I cared for as a little girl – I was a girl who played with dump- trucks and built roads through my father’s gardens. I also planted flowers and especially seeds for as long as I can remember. I started gardening very early in life. Mostly, I was off on adventures on my bicycle, exploring the countryside for 2 or 3 miles from my home. As an adult, I had 3 antique shops and I had lots of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls which I used for displays over the Christmas season – but my favorite doll is Chrissy. I had about a dozen of them, and some in original boxes. I did a portrait painting of Raggedy Ann and Andy, and still have it – 16 x 20 inches.

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      1. I remember Tiny Tears used to drink from a special bottle that looked like it had milk in it, and somehow the milk used to disappear when I put the bottle in the doll’s mouth. I couldn’t work out how it was done!

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