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A Teddy Bear kind of night

10 Jul

So I have been feeling totally creatively stunted and emotionally overwhelmed lately. And today it finally culminated in a huge sob-fest. So tonight, as I am sure many, many single girls do, I will be cuddling my favorite stuffed animal. It doesn’t matter if your teddy sits on a shelf or is hidden in the back of your closet. Many teddys sit on the pillows of neatly made beds. But I never ever make my bed. But don’t feel bad for my teddy because she sits atop a pile of friends. I have collected stuffed animals and teddy bears since I was a baby. My first teddy was given to me by my 3 uncles. Jojo Bear protected me from the dark and from any monsters hiding therein. He was huge and green and watched over me until his stuffing literally disintegrated. Even after that and not in a creepy way at all, we washed him and folded him up. He is in my memory box with old science fair projects and my baby shoes to this day. But since Jojo Bear I have accumulated a large army of stuffed animals, each with its own story and place in my heart. And I can remember how or who or where I got every single one. I have a homemade bear made of Wizard of Oz fabric that I got at The Wizard of Oz Festival last fall (it is my FAVORITE movie of all time). I have a doll made from all kinds of different bright fabrics that I got in Mexico when I went there with my roommate for Spring Break in college. I finally got to use my seven years of Spanish to haggle the doll maker down from $7 to $5! So exciting!! I have a stuffed animal for all of the animals I love in the wild like elephants, monkeys, whales, and hippos. Oh and turtles!! I love turtles. And I have some for my favorite cartoon characters like Hello Kitty and Eeyore. I also have some that serve as decorations during holidays like Rudolf, Clarice, and The Bumble from Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of them packed away neatly in storage buckets. I go through them ALL each Christmas and donate all the ones not so dear to my heart to The Wheeler Mission to be given to kids who will get no presents. So my obsession doesn’t over take the space I have and it benefits the most needy kids in my area.

But there is that one teddy for every girl, one teddy that has been held so close to your heart so many times that he/she feels like he/she was made for your arms especially. It could be the oldest one or the one your Mom gave you before you moved away.  Or the bear that has soaked up the most tears from your heart breaks and disappointments. And even if they have been hidden away in a sock drawer for months and months, that special bear will never hold it against you. That teddy will always be there for you. That teddy seems to know when you are exhausted and beaten down so they soften up to comfort you. That teddy bear whose arms seem to open up wider, to give you a bigger hug. So after a day of sobbing and creative frustration and all my energy sapped from me but a freaking heat wave, I am hitting the sack early to be comforted by a single girl’s fluffy stand-in for the perfect guy.

P.S.- My favorite one right now is pink with white polka dots.

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