27 Jun

They are a bit frayed, a dull grey colour caused by years of saliva, and they don’t smell very nice.  But although I am ruthlessly jettisoning many of our belongings and enjoying the fact that and our house is finally starting to look a little less full, some things are so precious they will never be thrown out.  This collection of fiercly loved friends will be circumnavigating the globe with us, and hopefully returning safely home again.

This week’s Writing Workshop and Gallery prompt is ’emotions’.


31 Responses to “Love”

  1. jfb57 27/06/2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Such a simple post V but SO wonderful. Can you imagine the tales they will be aboe to tell us when they return!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 27/06/2010 at 5:05 pm #

      Maybe they should have their own blog!

  2. amy 27/06/2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I love well loved cuddly friends, when i have sniff of 5year old’s pooh bear it always makes me think of her and how well loved pooh bear is. x

  3. Mummylimited 27/06/2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Oh *sniff sniff*

  4. TheMadHouse 27/06/2010 at 10:48 pm #

    Mini has some very loved and taken everywear bears

  5. cartside 27/06/2010 at 11:18 pm #

    oh yes, you can’t travel without them. No way. First thing to be packed.
    We once left hers at the airport at the lunch table. We’d already checked in, no return. Luckily the staff were amazing and just before take off, someone came into the plane with the beloved Spencer bear. The joy, surprise, happiness were unspeakable.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/06/2010 at 10:01 am #

      We once left Miffy at nursery on the Friday before half term. He sobbed and sobbed and said “Mummy I love Miffy as much as I love you.” I almost cried.

  6. Livi 28/06/2010 at 2:08 am #

    awww! They’re so cute 🙂 Cuddly toys are the best. I can’t bring myself to throw any of mine out!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/06/2010 at 10:00 am #

      I’ve still got my teddy I was given as a baby.

  7. Laura 28/06/2010 at 9:59 am #

    They may not smell nice but to your children then smell of love.

    The 5 year old has a blanket and the 4 year old a stuffed toy. They smell minging but they still bury their heads in them and inhale deeply.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/06/2010 at 9:59 am #

      And woe betide anyone who dares to wash them.

  8. Tanya (Bump2Basics) 28/06/2010 at 10:14 am #

    I still have my Floppy Eared Rabbit that I had since birth and that bunny really does mean a lot to me – so much so that he’s undergone a few operations. I must say that your children’s cuddly ones look in much better shape than he does!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/06/2010 at 12:51 pm #

      They’re still quite young. And we’ve lost a LOT of those scraggly rabbits.

  9. Heather - Notes From Lapland 28/06/2010 at 11:26 am #

    fingers crossed they make it all the way home again.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/06/2010 at 11:44 am #

      I don’t like to think about bedtimes if they don’t.

  10. eggscreamandhoney 28/06/2010 at 11:27 am #

    My 17 yr old daughter still has her favourite cuddly toy from when she was a baby. It’s barely in one piece but she loves it nonetheless. Whenever I see her with it, I can’t help but smile and be reminded of how she’s still just a young girl. Very good interpretation of the prompt! BTW those flickr photos to the right are making me giggle.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 28/06/2010 at 11:44 am #

      Eve and I have made a flick book, the dinosaurs chasing the Sylvanians!

  11. Red Ted Art 28/06/2010 at 1:26 pm #

    Lovely take on Emotions! Our bunnies are well loved too (must be those very suckable/chewable ears!) Have a great trip!


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/06/2010 at 12:52 pm #

      You can buy them in pairs in a local shop. I think we’ve had about 12.

  12. Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . 28/06/2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Awww, so cute. My littlest one left his lovey on the train in to Edinburgh last summer. Poor thing cried for a day until my auntie replaced it with another.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/06/2010 at 12:52 pm #

      It’s tragic isn’t it? They are not just teddies, they’re real people.

  13. Peabee72 28/06/2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Ah Miffy & friends…such an evocative image, and an emotional post – it is all good VW xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/06/2010 at 12:53 pm #

      A rather grey image. One of the muslins is called ‘skanky blankie’.

  14. Sandy Calico 29/06/2010 at 5:02 pm #

    How lovely. Perhaps you could sew GPS transmitters into them, just in case!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 29/06/2010 at 8:19 pm #

      That’s an excellent idea!

  15. Deer Baby 30/06/2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh bless! They do get so attached don’t they? I actually washed Eleanor’s rabbit the other day – it was just so euugh. Stupidly, I did it before nap time! Duh!

    You are going to take them travelling aren’t you?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/06/2010 at 5:07 pm #

      Of course. I don’t fancy my chances of getting the children to sleep in strange hotel rooms without them.

  16. christinemosler 30/06/2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I love that photo! When we go sailing each child take s acuddly, we did have to make life jackets for them all one year!

  17. @jencull (Jen) 30/06/2010 at 5:57 pm #

    I still love my special teddy so loved this post, great take on the prompt 😀 Jen

  18. Rachel 28/07/2010 at 4:36 pm #

    At the doorway of every hotel room we left one of us adults shouted: ‘Children? Blankets?”Check both’ replied the other. Those were the only things we could not lose, even passports can be replaced. Remember that when the worst happens.
    All 4 made it 30,000 miles and now are happily sharing a spanish bedroom. Phew!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 02/08/2010 at 3:19 pm #

      Glad to hear it! I was thinking about getting them chipped 😉

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