Angel Unaware by Dale Evans Rogers

I grew up on Roy Rogers, Dale Evans,Trigger, Buttermilk and Bullet. As I got older I was aware that Roy and Dale adopted many children and somehow I thought that they had no biological children. Then I stumbled upon an excellent hub by SusieQ42 and after reading it ordered a copy of Angel Unaware on eBay. It arrived and I was surprised to find it in excellent condition.

This tiny book from 1953 packs a profound message in just sixty-three pages. The book was written by Dale Evans Rogers after the death of her and Roy's two year old daughter, Robin. Angel Unaware chronicles the life of Robin by imagining the conversation between Robin and God.

My wife told me she had read a copy of the book about 1960 and the guy who owns the local Chick-fil-et saw me with it and said he read it in 1970. Here I sit writing about it in 2011. That says something about the quality of the contents of the book and the author. The message still resonates almost sixty years later!

Terminology has changed. Babies are non longer "mongoloid" but instead have Down Syndrome. Medical advances have greatly enhanced the lives of many of these special children. At one point, while reading Angel Unaware, I thought about how Robin Rogers might well have survived and flourished in today's technologically advanced society. But that wasn't THE PLAN, as the book plainly points out.

Here's something I didn't know: Roy Rogers was part Choctaw Indian. Dale mentions this in the book and talks a bit about their adoption of a child that was Choctaw.

Another thing that struck me about the book was Dale's fear of dying before Robin and not being around to care for her. She refused to fly to engagements with Roy because of this fear. Dying prematurely might be a concern for most parents, but I can tell you it is a sobering thought for those of us lucky enough to have kids that will always need us.

While doing a little research, I discovered that Dale Evans wrote the Roy and Dale anthem "Happy Trails".

I could have read Angel Unaware in one sitting but, wisely I think, chose to finish it the second day. That way I was able to avoid crying like some sort of baby.

Pretty much.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

For those who weren't lucky enough to have grown up when resspenser and I did, Trigger was Roy's horse, Buttermilk was Dale's horse, and Bullet was their German Shepherd dog.

Roy Rogers was King of the Cowboys, and Dale Evans was Queen of the West.

Excellent Hub!

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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Will. Know the name of Roy's jeep?

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sure! It was Nellie-bell!


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resspenser 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

I should have known you would know! I remembered Nell, oh well.

Karem Becker 4 years ago

I've always loved this book.

Now it's on talking books for the Blkind @ Lincoln, Nebr.

Janice Birt 3 years ago

When I was about 12 years of age, I read this book called, Angel Uaware by Dale Evans. I don't remember a lot about the book only that I cried a lot.

I am now 64 and would love to re read this book.

Will I be able to find it in print today?

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resspenser 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Just noticed this, sorry. I found it on ebay...

Peter Mann 13 months ago

I had the opportunity of bidding for a copy of this book some 20 years ago. I could have kicked myself for not bidding.

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