”A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2013″
Lily loves her (NICI) Tiger. It’s her comfort toy, her best friend, her constant companion. She won’t go to sleep without him and he even goes to daycare. She has had him since birth. Correction: She thinks she has had him since birth, as we lost her original Tiger in Malaysia.
We were half way down a mountain on a bus when sudden panic set upon us as we realised Tiger wasn’t on board. After frantically ringing around various bus companies to see if anyone had picked him up, we started to give up hope until we learnt that there was a NICI store in KL which sold Tiger.
Lily sobbed herself to bed that night, waking up every half an hour calling out for her beloved Tiger. She just didn’t understand why her best friend wasn’t around for the first time in her life.
So even though we were still broken from the night before, we woke up super early to go to the NICI store in KL, but we left even more broken when we found out he was sold out. But my parents came to the rescue, as they happened to be meeting us the next day, and picked up a similar looking Tiger from the NICI store in Singapore. And even though initially, Lily kept turning her nose up at his ‘new’ smell and throwing him out of her bed, she eventually warmed up to him when we came back home.
Before having kids, I never would have thought I would have this much drama over a soft toy whilst on holiday. And after losing the original Tiger, we thought maybe we made a mistake with getting her so attached to him. But he became our comfort too, knowing that she would stop crying as soon as he was around and fall asleep. Knowing that she had something familiar when she was away from us at daycare and helping her during her separation anxiety.
And when she yells out ‘TIGER’, I throw him to her and she nuzzles his arm, and I know it is one of the purest forms of love. And hopefully this form of love will develop with real friendships in the future
Do your kids have comfort toys or blankets? Did you ever have one growing up?
Linking up to the Che and Fidel’s 52 portrait a week challenge