Letter to my Son's Teddies: Thank You

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I love your names. They are unique to you as he is to me. So named as he was just learning to talk, before he began giving objects real names. When he'd be trying to communicate with us that he wanted one of you we'd ask "Which Teddy? THIS teddy? Or do you want BOTH Teddies?" He interpreted these conversation to mean your actual names were THIS Teddy and BOTH Teddy. So stinking cute!

I remember our first vacation with him when he was two-years-old. Our extended family all went to Disney World. We knew you must go with us or he would never be able to sleep. We never moved from one spot to the next with out all of us, even grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins checking for you to ensure you were not left behind somewhere. They jokingly asked what we'd do if we got to Florida and found out we'd left you behind? Our answer was simple: Fly back home to get you or the trip would be ruined! You went into the parks with us, saw the sights, rode the rides. You reassured him in that strange hotel room and bed that he was still safe, it was okay. You never left his side. All trips since the same, you MUST be with us, in the car, not packed away.

Today, our boy is taking his first steps to growing up. He's now in kindergarten, and you are no longer able to follow him to school as you did in preschool for nap time. On occasion, he'll fall asleep without realizing one of you was left on the couch downstairs. Not often, but it happens now. I know that, though still down the road, the days will come when he no longer needs you there all the time to sleep. When he will go to the park without one of you there. His loyal, and faithful companions. It is because of your support he'll be able to do this. A tad cautious and timid by nature, you've bolstered his self-confidence so many times allowing him to venture off from us at his own speed because he had you there to comfort him. By doing your job so well, he'll feel confident on his own one day, as we want him to. As we encourage him to. It's bittersweet though. That passing of time and the becoming the man he will be. While we're proud of who he is, excited by the man he will be, we still want him to stay our little boy forever.

But do not fear. Though we're not the terribly sentimental types to hoard all his past treasures, you will never be given away. You will never be sold in a garage sale. You are part of this family. Though the day will have to come when you are on a shelf observing instead of in the midst of his adventures, your place of honor will be ensured. And, as Brownie can attest so well, there are always later generations to be there for. Our gratitude for your service and friendship cannot be expressed adequately.

For now, I'll say what I can say, and hope you feel the depth of it from my heart...Thank you.



Photo Credit: Katie McDonald.

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