Our little yellow toy, as Waif came to be known, arrived quite unexpectedly. Abused and rejected in the early years of her existence, she is given the opportunity to choose a new kind of life.
At Milepost 79 a spoiled seven year old boy tosses one of his toys out on the freeway. Bear and the two rag dolls, Elizabeth Anne and Jenny Marie, are not far behind. The distressed toys implore their busy Mistress Sarah to stop so they can rescue it, but at home the sympathetic toys soon discover their little refugee is full of ugly surprises.
Chapter One ~ Checking Out
They never even bothered to name her.
In the back seat of the car, the little yellow toy’s seven-year-old master was throwing another tizzy fit.
Beside him, the long eared toy was terrified. Whenever her master was having a fit, he illustrated his spoiled pique with truly ugly language. Harsh words, however, were never the end; often they were only the beginning. Violence inevitably followed.
Usually he would put his nameless toy on the floor and jump up and down on it, but in the crowded back seat there wasn’t room for that. Noting that his parents had neglected to lock the rear window controls, he buzzed down his window. Then with deliberate insolence he took hold of the toy and tossed her out.
Unloved, unwanted and unnamed, things the toy had never wanted to think about, had to come to pass. Now homeless and in a strange wilderness at the foot of a sign that said “Milepost 79,” the only sound was the appalling maelstrom of engine noise and the harmonic grind of rubber sacrificing itself against the freeway’s unfeeling concrete.
She wondered if it was time to check out.
Chapter Two ~ Lost and Found
“Stop,” cried the little bear riding next to the front seat headrest in her Mistress Sarah’s car.
“I can’t,” Mistress Sarah said. “We’re on the freeway.”
“But we have to. There’s a toy back there we need to rescue,” Bear said.
“Are you sure?” Mistress Sarah asked. “It may be a while before we come to the next turnaround.”
“I’m sure,” Bear said.
In the back the two dolls, Elizabeth Anne and Jenny Marie...
Waiting for Waif, Intrix Edition ~ This edition has the new cover shown above and has the more lyrical first chapter as well as black and white photographs. It is formatted, laser printed and assembled by hand at the Intrix studio. The signatures (groups of pages) are printed with the paper grain oriented for easier page turning, then sewn together, carefully reinforced and bound into the cover with book binding glue, which helps the book more easily lie open on a desk. This handmade paperback book is available only from Intrix, Inc. 5.25" x 8.25". $14.95. To order...
Waiting for Waif, Standard Edition ~ Paperback book, standard paperback edition has a different cover and is available from Intrix or Amazon, link, 5.25" x 8", 80 pages. $7.95. This is the edition that best correlates with the Educational Supplement listed below.
Waiting for Waif, Educational Supplement is a companion book to Waiting for Waif in the standard edition that offers parents and educators suggestions for exploring related areas. It is available for free download here.