“Nellie! It’s so good to see you again!” exclaimed Maryellen. “I was so surprised to get your letter in the mail.
Maryellen became concerned when she saw Nellie’s legs with so little strength in them. She wondered if her family’s grand-daughter had to be extra careful with her, or if they were scared to take Nellie out at all. That did not seem like the Nellie she knew who loved to be active and play. Maryellen’s thoughts were interrupted by Dakota.
“Wow, you two really do look alike! And your names rhyme — Ellie and Nellie!” said Dakota. “Nice to meet you.”
Maryellen helped Nellie get comfortable in the living room. She noticed when Nellie sat down, her leg flopped sideways. Maryellen tried not to stare and busied herself with snacks.
The girls caught up on family news, school, and the latest books.
Maryellen thought for a moment, then had the perfect idea! “When Josefina gets home you can talk with her – she is a Pleasant Company girl too, and she had her shoulder fixed at the doll hospital. I’m sure she could tell you all about it.
That night Dakota and Addy slept in sleeping bags so Nellie and Josefina could talk without a crowd. After they climbed into bed, Josefina told her all about her exciting trip to Madison, Wisconsin. She was so relieved to have her shoulder fixed because Brianna had stopped playing with her.
“Nellie, I have a secret to tell you,” said Josefina. “When you visit the doll hospital you not only get your leg fixed, but you get a spa treatment too! Don’t tell all the girls or they will want to sneak into the box with you!”
Josefina made Nellie feel very special. She was eager to start her journey tomorrow.
Nellie really does belong to a friend who travels in winter. The last time we borrowed Nellie I noticed that her leg was very VERY loose. It happens to a Pleasant Co girl after many years. Since we always have a doll hospital box on hand, we are sending Nellie for her leg repair and she will be good as new when our friend returns in spring. She does know we are doing this. Please do not doll-nap someone else’s doll 😉 We will be sure to let you know when Nellie returns.