Monday, December 5, 2011
Why You Shouldn't Overdose a Doll on Cough Syrup
I bought this book, 'The Original Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy,' at a yard sale a couple years ago, knowing that I'd want to read these stories to Mary Ella one day. They are a bit wordy and the pictures are scarce, so I knew that it'd be a while before she'd be content listening to the stories and staying on one page while I read the entire text. She's enjoying the stories now and we read them a couple times a week. I just had to share this particular story because it made Mary Ella's eyes nearly pop out of her head, and was a bit disturbing for her 3 year old mind...
I won't share it word for word, but basically, the gist behind all these stories is that Raggedy Ann, Andy and a host of other dolls come to life when their owner, a little girl named Marcella, goes out of the room. Well, in this particular story, Marcella had been playing 'doctor' with the dolls all afternoon, with a concoction of fake cough syrup she had made from brown sugar and water. Since Raggedy Ann and Andy had sewn-on mouths and eyes, the cough syrup could not get into their mouths, of course. But The French Doll had a 'real looking' mouth that was slightly open, as well as eyes that opened and closed when you leaned her back and forth (much like the dolls we had growing up.) Well, apparently, the poor French doll somehow comes down with the croup, whooping cough, yellow fever and the measles, all within an hour (according to Marcella's imagination, at least.) She puts her in bed and loads her up with her cough syrup concoction, pouring loads of it into the doll's mouth.
When Marcella goes to bed later that evening, all of the dolls decide they are going to have a dance. But the poor French Doll, when she stands up, cannot open her eyes. They are stuck.
At this point, I have no idea what's ahead in this story. I'm just reading and going along with it.
The other dolls try every trick in the book (shaking her by her feet, turning her upside down, etc.) to try and get her eyes to open. No success.
Finally, they come up with the only logical conclusion.
Why, they pull her hair out of her head, of course.
I keep reading, nonetheless.
They apparently decide, at Raggedy Andy's suggestion, that the cough syrup that was given to the French Doll has somehow hardened on the inside of her head, keeping her eyes from opening. So the only way to fix her is for them all to work together to rip out the French Doll's hair and wash out her head from the inside.
Ummm. Cause that sounds fun.
So some of the dolls grab her feet, while the others grab her hair, and with a r-r-r-ipppp and a tear, they yank out the French Doll's hair.
At this point Mary Ella's toes are curling and she's probably doing a good bit of emphathizing, considering her hair is curly and occasionally matted and she knows what's it's like for someone to have to yank and pull to get tangles out.
Her hair apparently comes out and she is left with a hollowed out head, which Raggedy Andy washes from the inside with a warm washcloth, removing the cough syrup as well as "lots of cookie and cracker crumbs."
After that, her eyes work perfectly and they glue her hair back on and wind up the record player and have a jolly ol' dance, as they had originally intended.
Let's just say I hope we dont' get a case of the gunk-eye (aka 'pink eye') any time soon, because I'm afraid if she woke up and her eyes were stuck together, Mary Ella would run for her life!