The Best of Intentions. It’s a 6.

I was 6 years old, maybe 7 when my parents surprised me at Christmas, with a near life sized raggedy doll. Her feet had an elastic strip sewn into the sides of her “shoes” allowing you to slip your feet through, thereby supporting the Doll’s feet as they rested upon top of your own to… dance with her.

Standing upright, the Doll measured a good 3 foot tall, long legged and lanky armed, her red stuffed cloth body was all flexible and floppy like. After all, what child wouldn’t want the pleasure of dancing with an oversized Raggedy Ann doll donned in simple dress, her head a mass of yellow woven “hair” childishly styled in pigtails.

It wasn’t the body so much that made me uncomfortable, it was the face, almost flesh toned the smooth plastic had enormous, open eyes painted on in vibrant cerulean blue. If seen in the light of predawn, her smile might pass as a smirk but for the clothing and pillows I intentionally piled upon her before going to bed in an attempt to prevent my imagination from running wild with the vision of her standing by my bedside, hand extended, inviting me to take a walk.

37 thoughts on “The Best of Intentions. It’s a 6.

  1. Cassa Bassa April 15, 2021 / 11:05 pm

    This is very good in particular the last bit of imagination. It gave me a little chill!

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  2. UP April 15, 2021 / 11:17 pm

    I have my own continuous nightmare story, only from a kids movie. Great six. And Britney …secret crush

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 15, 2021 / 11:34 pm

      Amazing how we carry the scary stuff with us through to adulthood.
      Thanks, Paul. Secret’s safe with me 😉
      Tell me you didn’t find the music vid weirdly creepy, lol. I love this guy. Can thank Clark for the introduction at one of his posts.


  3. Liz H April 15, 2021 / 11:42 pm

    Those Raggedys are pretty creepy-cute, no matter the size. You’ve written it to a T and I’m feeling distinctly uncomfortable. Well done.
    Puddles Pity Party, excellent choice. Fantastic voice! Like if Andy grew up and never quite got a handle on his depression and drinking.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 16, 2021 / 12:02 am

      Thank you, Liz.
      And thanks for the music appreciation 😀 He does have a fabulous voice. Oh, man. That sounds about right, lol
      Check out Mike’s other vids on YouTube. He’s got an eclectic repertoire.

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  4. The Atomic Mage April 16, 2021 / 3:57 am

    Wonderfully creepy, D 😬 Starts out as the child’s joy and amusement then the realisation that something is not right at predawn! I had a ventriloquist’s dummy called Charlie given as a Christmas present about age 7 or 8 too, and once the novelty quickly wore off I realised just how scary that thing was!
    I discovered Puddles a few years back, wonderful covers and a unique take. I think he made his TV breakthrough on one of those America’s Got Talent or Stars shows.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 16, 2021 / 6:23 am

      Thanks, V. Ventriloquist’s dummy?! Give me that doll any day, lol. Holy smokers V, no joke, scary 😬
      I love his voice. You’re right, believe it was on America’s Got Talent.
      btw, you reminded me of a favorite Twilight Zone…

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      • The Atomic Mage April 16, 2021 / 3:21 pm

        Ah, that is super creepy! My ‘Charlie’ had a three piece suit and not a sailor costume. Did you ever see the ‘Living Doll’ episode on TTZ? Creepy too!

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  5. Chris Hall April 16, 2021 / 4:56 am

    Whoa, Denise, dolls and clowns, eish! I’m glad I’m reading this mid-morning and not late at night! I am MAJORLY creeped out!! Wonderful 🙂

    Thanks for introducing me to PPP. Fantastic voice! (Listening to his version of Space Oddity just now)

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 16, 2021 / 6:25 am

      LOL Glad I could oblige, Chris 😀

      You’re welcome! Love his voice. Yes, he does amazing covers.

      Have a good weekend!

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  6. messymimi's meanderings April 16, 2021 / 7:36 am

    Some baby dolls i like, but a lot of those that are meant to be life size or look real, they can be frightening.

    You set the stage of childhood fear here.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 16, 2021 / 8:18 pm

      Oh, for sure.
      Childhood is is a fertile breeding ground for fears like that!


  7. clark April 16, 2021 / 11:39 am

    Touched a nerve among us Readers!*

    *surely one of the highest compliments in Sixville**

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  8. abbiejohnsontaylor April 16, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    Just when you think your parents love you, they turn around and give you something that makes you feel uncomfortable, not realizing it, of course. Thank you for sharing this interesting six sentence story.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 16, 2021 / 8:15 pm

      Right? Believe it or not, I still have that doll packed away with all my other stuffed animals from childhood.
      She’s safe in deep storage, lol

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  9. westcoastwoman April 17, 2021 / 12:41 pm

    Got a laugh out of me this morning. Yes, dolls and clowns, especially clown dolls….
    Writing was perfect.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 17, 2021 / 8:50 pm

      Starting off the morning with a smile is always a good thing. Glad I could assist 😉
      Thank you, Janet.

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  10. Frank Hubeny April 17, 2021 / 3:50 pm

    I can see how those wide opened eyes might make one want to hide them at night. Sometimes the gifts parents given aren’t the best.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 17, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      Oh, yeah! It wasn’t just the face I covered, it was pretty much all of her, lol.
      Their hearts were in the right places but ya know, sometimes parents get it wrong 🤣

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  11. Lisa Tomey April 17, 2021 / 8:35 pm

    I would have been scared of those eyes, too. Sweet dreams if you are having memories of this. Well done story.

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  12. D. Avery @shiftnshake April 18, 2021 / 10:14 pm

    It’s just a doll… (right) There’s a reason Chuckie was a box office hit and why you know what Chuckie means.
    Very fine take on the prompt!

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  13. Pat Brockett April 19, 2021 / 12:04 am

    It is a wonder more kids didn’t have nightmares from the Jack ‘n the Box toys that had a clown jump up out of it . I don’t remember being afraid of dolls or clowns, but I know some kids are. I have seen some pretty scary doll faces in antique shops and second hand shops. I am glad you have yours tucked away. Maybe you need a note written to the unsuspecting person who some day decides to unwrap her. HaHa

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 19, 2021 / 5:57 am

      There’s probably more than we can imagine, Pat lol You’re lucky 😀
      Yes, she is safe. For now. That’s an idea!
      I’d told stories to my niece as she was growing up about the doll (what good is fear is you can’t share it 🤣).
      I’ve teased her I’m going to leave it to her in my Will. Her reaction, to this day, is priceless 😁
      Have a good week!


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