Monday, January 26, 2009

My Closet Cheerleader

Contrary to the title of this post, I never have been, nor ever desired to be a cheerleader. I was in my room reading on Saturday when Sarah came in to visit with me. She was talking to me about a myriad of things when all of the sudden she looked up in my closet, saw a pair of doll feet, and asked me who they belonged to. Sandwiched in between baby books and Nooma dvds was this very old cheerleader doll of mine. I'm pretty sure I named her Susie. She's cute, isn't she?
I always loved her red, vinyl boots, but what makes this doll unique is that there is a a pull cord on back that makes Susie cheer.
She's not just cheering for anyone though. She's cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Here...take a listen (sorry for the lopsided video.)

She has six different "cheers" that she repeats (in random order). 

1. Go Hogs Go!
2. We Want a Touchdown!
3. Hold 'Em Hogs, Hold 'Em
4. All the Way, Arkansas!
5. Beat Texas! 
6. Woo Pig Sooie! 

I could listen to her over and over and over, and the girls and I did just that on Saturday.

I tried to find a similar doll on ebay to no avail. She's as old as I am and is extremely sentimental to me. I'm telling you that Razorback roots run deep in my family. Finding this doll on Saturday made me a tiny bit less jealous that my sister has these.


Diane@Diane's Place said...

If you ever decided to sell her I'll bet you could make a tidy little bundle on eBay. I'm sure you cherish her though so that won't be happening.

Good luck with your bean project. Maybe you could measure out the portions to use in your recipes like you do for your ground beef.

Have a great week, Mer. :o)

Love and hugs,


Amber said...

What an amazing treasure! And so cute, too!

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Tree Frog Creations... said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I have the exact SAME DOLL! Mine still has the A on her chest & does the cheers too. It is now on a shelf in my daughter's room.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

What a fun treasure to re-discover. I have a few dolls packed away in the basement that I should really get down for my daughters to enjoy. What good are they sitting in a box, afterall?

Tiffani said...

I loved someone's giggle in the video!! My husband (yes, husband) has a "Baby Beans" that looks very similar in the face...his mom was thinking he may be a girl so she bought it!!

I love having old toys and stuff like that but unfortunately my mom wasn't good at keeping a lot so i don't have a lot!

TOTAL SIDE NOTE: I noticed you're reading "My Sister's Keeper"...we need to talk about that I've read it!

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

What a treasure! I can only imagine how much fun you and your daughter had with her.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

My kids just made me watch that over and over. The thing that cracks me up is the voice!!! It sounds like, well, I really don't even know!!

Barb said...

She's adorable and you're so lucky to have her. I don't have a single thing from my own childhood. What I wouldn't give to still have my first baby doll, Tiny Tears.

Diane's right. I'll bet you could put one of your kids through college with what you could get on eBay. But of course you'd never sell her.

Vintage is very popular right now.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith,
I have read your blog often (and actually went to OBU from 1987-1990, when I transfered to the University of Alabama--maybe our paths crossed?) Anyway, I have the same doll. She still cheers and is one of my favorite things! My grandmother got her for me when I was about 5 or 6.
Take care!

Brenda said...

At least your doll didn't start cheering BEFORE you pulled the string!

Heather said...

Oh this is adorable! What a great keepsake to share with your girls!

Jacquie said...

Oh, she's fun, Meredith!! I love "BEAT TEXAS!!".

Jenn said...

How fun that you have that - being a Texas fan I thought the "Beat Texas" was hilarious.

Thought I would stop by your place to say hi today. Stay warm. :o)

Stephanie Kay said...

LOVE IT! I hope your kids fully appreciate the awesomeness of that doll! :)

Melissa Stover said...

Very cool!!