All the king's horses and all the king's men...

Dear Diary

Jesse:  "Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back to gather again." Oh dear, we've had an major incident here.  Just like Humpty Dumpty, Armand has had a great fall.  

The boys can tell the story.

Angelo:  I was walking through the house when I heard "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!"  I ran into the next room and found Armand on the floor.  I asked him what happened.  He replied that he tripped and fell off the table and onto the floor.  He asked me for assistance to stand up because he couldn't do it himself.

Now, Armand is a big boy, if you know what I mean, and I couldn't do it alone so I called for Adam to come to help.

Adam:  I heard Angelo calling my name and he sounded in a panic.  I went into the room and there he was, bent over Armand who was lying flat on his back on the floor.  Armand said he'd fallen and needed help.  Angelo and I lifted him to his feet but he couldn't stand alone.

Armand:  My left hip just wouldn't hold me up and I keep falling over.  Thankfully, Angelo and Adam were there to support me.  It didn't hurt but I was out of the play at the present.

Hans:  I found some crutches for Armand to use.  Vati examined Armand and announced that Armand hadn't just broken his left hip, he'd smashed it.  There was no way to repair the damage and now Armand, like me, would be crippled for life.

Armand:  I'm grateful that, unlike Jack (& Jill) in the nursery rhyme, I didn't break my crown.  The crutches are a bit tricky to manoeuvre but little by little I'm getting the hang of using them.


  1. Oh dear, poor Armand, we are so sorry to hear you have broken, or rather smashed your hip...that is not good news. Dancing on the tables is really not advisable anymore!

  2. Nooooo! So sorry to hear that Armand has had a bad accident...please give him a hug from me :) Hope you have gotten over the shock of Armand's fall guys!

  3. So sorry to hear about Armand's accident! That must have been quite upsetting. The boys are all very concerned and send their best wishes. Thankfully his handsome face was unmarred. I think most doll folks know that a well tailored wardrobe can hide a multitude of sins. Do take it easy, Armand. Let Adam and Angelo help you out.

  4. Poor Armand! A shattered hip at his age is not good. The dangers of dolls and high places but his new crutches look a good size and he has his favourite chair to sit and watch everyone and still be part of the family.
    Maybe you can put him down for hip replacement surgery?

  5. Oh no! That's very bad news.
    Are you certain there's nothing you can do? The bodies of these dolls are usually made from composition, which is related to paper mache. So it could be possible to fix it using paper clay - or of course, get him a replacement body. That means he'd have to undergo some surgery (like, pry off the crown of his head to get at his neck plug...) and it's certainly scary, but it should be possible.
    Meanwhile, keep your head up, Armand! Get better soon!

  6. What a horrible thing to happen, poor Armand. I hope you do find a way to repair his shattered hip.


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