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On the way to Algonquin park for our family's annual family canoe trip last week I stumbled over (an endless tripping really) the most simple of connections....
That deep bond between a kid and their beloved stuffed animal.
I used to love to collect and play with my stuffed animals as a kid, and I'm sure most of us had some sort of connection with a toy of some sort from our childhood... But it seems that as an adult I had forgotten how important that bond can be.
Well it was on our drive to Algonquin that I was requested to do the preventative measures of sewing the ears back onto Hayden's beloved "Peanut Butter", his very favourite stuffed rabbit. They were getting loose you see, and Hayden being the cautious guy he is, didn't want them to possibly fall off, especially when we were going on an epic canoeing adventure.
I got out my sewing kit, and it was with great reluctance and through sad eyes in the car that he finally passed him to me. At that moment it struck me..... I could feel just what a big moment this was for him. I acknowledged his fears and promised him Peanut Butter would be feeling better in no time once I was done. I felt like a doctor going into surgery. A little job I didn't think anything of when I grabbed my sewing kit, had become a highly trusted role that I would have to hold the deepest space of love for. I made sure to check in with Hayden several times throughout the procedure, about how he wanted Peanut Butter's ears to stand, etc. Then...... once all was knotted and in place Peanut Butter was back to his beloved kid.
Sometimes it's the little stuff that is the biggest. The smile on Hayden's face when he was re-united with his best friend post-surgery was absolutely priceless AND warmed the deepest parts of my heart.
Oh the lessons kids show us, I am truly AND continuously grateful.
-Jules (aka rabbit plastic surgeon)