I’m a mom of six and a Certified Professional Organizer® (an oxymoron if ever there was one) so I’m always on the lookout for cute stories that have elements of both parts of me. When my kids were little, several had stuffed animals or blankets that were as essential to them as breathing. These precious objects weren’t just important to their lives, they WERE there lives and twenty some years later, I still recall, with a shudder, the total panic that set in at bedtime if, God forbid, one of these precious “lovies” came up missing.
My daughter Molly’s favorite stuffed animal, a Winnie-the-Pooh, has been passed down to her daughter who is three-years-old. As you can imagine, Pooh was pretty beat up after being Molly’s favorite bear and strangely enough, even though he isn’t beautiful (studly?) he is Piper’s “can’t do without” toy as well. In fact, the other day Molly told Piper that her toys, including Pooh, had to stay upstairs and she said, “Pooh’s not a toy…he’s a friend!” Hard to argue with that logic.
Sadly, though, in recent weeks Piper has developed the bad habit of picking at what remains of Pooh’s fur as she goes to sleep. As you can see, this is quickly on its way to becoming a catastrophe which is what prompted Molly to write to a restoration service to see if “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” could put Winnie-the-Pooh back together again.
She sent me the reply and it so tickled me that I had to share it. Here it is in part…
“Thank you for your inquiry to my stuffed animal hospital regarding Pooh Bear. It does look like Pooh has had quite a few adventures! There are a few options for his care:
1. I can stitch any holes and otherwise leave him alone.
This keeps him looking as he is, but does not make him much sturdier. It is my minimum charge of $35 and takes about a week.
2. I can give him fur transplants where he is balding, which is a sturdier solution, but leaves a bit of a patchwork effect.
However, it would not slow future balding of the original fur. It is $150 and takes about 3 weeks.
3. I can recover him in new fur, leaving his original eyes, nose and mouth exposed.
His original fur would still be underneath, reinforcing his old fur. I would get as close as possible to his original fur color and texture. Perfect matches are rarely possible, but if that were the case I would send photos of him with transplant options so you could choose what you’d like best. This is $250 and takes about a month.
With any of the above options, you may add our gentle spa if you’d like. The spa includes hand washing, air drying inside under skylights, all new stuffing, and hand fluffing of fur. If you’d like, a small amount of original fur may be preserved in a heart in his chest. The spa is $50 more with any option above and would extend his stay by 1-2 weeks.”
Where do I start with this? She talks of stitching him up, bald spots, transplant options and spa treatments. Are we talking about a person or a stuffed animal? Am I the only one who thinks this is a tad absurd? For $300 we could buy Piper a wagon load of new Pooh bears! I must say, though, that I did respond maturely to Molly, saying that if she pays for a spa day for anyone, it better be her mother!
But this does bring up a good point about us and our possessions. What is important to you? What can you live without and what do you love dearly? Most of us have something that has zero material value but is totally irreplaceable and I daresay, that for Molly and Piper, Pooh Bear is one of those things.
Sadly, though, the verdict is still out on the spa day…for us both!