Big bad George

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As much as I complain about my menfolk’s tendancies toward packrattery, I have to confess that I am reluctant to part with possessions too. Tucked away in a secret place in my bedroom closet, I keep my childhood comfort toy.

This is George.

George has been with me since I was about five.

He was more than just a stuffed animal, more than a mere toy. He was my constant companion well into my elementary school years. He was my guard dog against the bogey man and monsters under my bed. He dried my tears when I was sad, and kept all my seven-year-old inner most secrets.

He went through the humiliation of being dressed in my dolls’ clothes, swaddled and carried around like a baby, and drooled on by a sick kid.

He underwent emergency surgery at the Mommy Hospital when our family dachshunds got a little jealous and chewed off his right eyebrow. And, he has a chronic seam wound, bleeding little bits of styrofoam occasionally.

The hardest thing I did as a kid was to voluntarily give up George. I slept with him until I was at least 10. I didn’t get a good night’s sleep for a week.

Even once I was able to fall sleep without him on my pillow, if I was sick or scared, convinced the monsters were back under the bed, I’d take him off my shelf and put him back on my pillow…  just for the night.

Through the years, through every move, every new home, every new state, George made the move with me.

I’m surprised the he’s weathered the years as well as he has, and hasn’t completely disintegrated. Yet, like any good, true friend, George has stuck by me, thick and thin, good and bad, in youth and… not youth.

Maybe that’s why I still keep him, he reminds me that old friends will always be with me. A little worn perhaps, a little worse for the wear, but still there to listen to my sad stories, dry my tears or keep the monsters away.

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Submitted to Daily Prompt. The theme was to, “share something most people probably don’t know about you.”

*From the Vault of IMSO, originally published June 29, 2009; edited and updated.

19 thoughts on “Big bad George

  1. My granddaughter has my little black Scottie dog Cleo, now nearly bald from handling and loving, the black tufts rubbed down to fuzz, one leg bent at an unwieldly angle. But its eyes are still bright as glass and gleam with the love she bestows on him. He couldn’t be in a better place. Packrattery does have its rewards. Thanks for sharing your piece. Lovely!

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  9. My childhood blankie has since disintegrated but I still have this stuffed bunny I loved. My oldest doesn’t seem to become attached to ONE item but my youngest is still sleeping with her bunny every night.

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    • My kids were like that too. My daughter didn’t have any one toy she was attached to, but my son had several. Even at 20, he won’t pack them up for the attic. They sit lonely in his closet.

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  10. Lovely.

    My teenager has babydoll, which is now dingy gray collection of thread. My middle daughter has my doggie, Henry, from when I was a toddler. He has one eye.

    the youngest has a collection of things that I predict she will be writing about decades from now.

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