I Wanted To Share This With You

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Yesterday I went to an antique shop down the street. I haven’t gone there for a long time. I don’t usually find anything that I want to buy, cialis sale but today was different. As soon as I walked in the door, generic I was drawn to a pile of fabric in a basket on the floor. I began going through it, not really knowing what I was looking for. Something caught my eye and I began pulling at it. As I pulled it out from the basket, I realized it was a sweet little baby dress. I looked for more and found several. I asked the dealer how much she wanted for them, and she began to tell me a little about them. Last week, she said, an elderly lady, 89 years old, came into my store, along with her daughter. She said she was moving into assisted living and had some belongings she wanted to sell. She had a baby book and lots of little dresses”. Susan, the shop owner, proceeded to tell me that the elderly woman’s sister, Dorothy Rugg, had a baby in 1926, and that he was not a well child, and that this beautiful child passed away before his 4th birthday. The little boy’s name was Robert Cooley Rugg. They called him Bobby, and this is his picture with his brother, Allen Dickenson Rugg. Aren’t they beautiful children? Bobby is the youngest on the left.

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She reached under the counter and pulled out a little baby book. “This little book was purchased with all the little dresses”, she said. In the baby book his mother, Dorothy, wrote his birth weight, 9 lbs., and 21 1/2 inches long. Congratulation cards of his birth are there. Easter cards, birthday cards, but most touching was a tracing of Bobby’s hand. I could not stop looking at it. I could just imagine his mother tracing it onto the paper. Then there was a small envelope. It didn’t feel like there was anything in it, but when I opened it and looked inside, I found a lock of his blond curley hair! It gave me such a strange feeling, I can’t explain it. I became very emotional. On the next page, Dorothy writes of his first step, and his first word, but always mentions his illlness and the pain he suffers. I can’t seem to stop thinking of this child today. I have 11 of his baby dresses. They are all clean and smell of lavender and vanilla, combined with the sweet smell of clean fresh air. I will be keeping one of two for myself, and the others, I will be offering on my “country store”. Along with each dress, I will include a copy of a letter written by his mother to his doctor.

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9 Responses to “I Wanted To Share This With You”

  1. karen Says:

    Oh. I think you found a wonderful treasure. Someone needed to know about this child and you shared the story with us. A life remembered………

  2. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    These are beautiful heirloom pieces. Makes me feel a bit melancholy reading about Bobby’s short life. But now these can be treasures for yourself and others…thanks for sharing.

    Suzanne

  3. Tatania Says:

    Thats a beautiful story. The baby dresses and book look so delicate and pure.
    I have been reading your blog on and off for a while now. I love the things you post about, and all your wonderful pictures.

  4. Carole Says:

    Suzanne, you are right about that. It’s good that these precious things have come out of the box, after all these many years, and soon i hope to find homes for all of those delicate little dresses. I have one hanging on a peg rack in a guest room right now, and I love looking at it and knowing the history of it.

    Tatania, I am so glad that you decided to leave a comment this time. Sometimes when you write, you wonder if it is being enjoyed, and I am so glad that you enjoy my blog, because I do take a lot of pleasure in writing in it. thank you.

  5. Nancy Says:

    Dear Carole, I am one big goosebump right now! I believe you were meant to come upon these & keep his memory alive. How very special.
    Now I must go check out the Store!
    Nan

  6. Carole Says:

    hi Nan, i thought of you, your dolls and these dresses. I will be putting them on soon, it’s take a little time to do it. nice to hear from you, it’s been a while.

  7. Sylvia Anderson Says:

    What a wonderful story, and what lovely treasures you were lucky to get! Please let me know if/when you decide to part with some of his old clothes…I just love the history behind them, and would love the chance to purchase something from you. :)

  8. Theresa-Garden Antqs Says:

    Carole: what a great story, I love knowing the history of things. Did you buy the baby book or the owner wouldn’t part with it? I’ll have to check out the store. Thanks for sharing, Theresa

  9. Sherry Says:

    A most beautiful story Carole! A treasure indeed…a special life remembered:)
    Sherry

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