our eldest girl had her collection of stuffed toys and animals, it
wasn’t until our third child became a two and a half year old girl when
the stuffed animals craze became a big part of our collective family
consciousness. But when it did, it was like experiencing a sweet magic I
had never known before.
three, our youngest began growing a strong affection for stuffed toys
and animals at about two years old and loved cuddling with them and
developing strong and meaningful relationships with them. My wife once
bought a book that came with five ladybug finger puppet glove, and
reading the story from the perspective of the five ladybugs often sent
her into a joyous rolling laughter.
Easter I would get my wife a little Easter Bunny and she had a bit of a
collection before the kids were born. But somewhere in a special time
and place, our youngest discovered a magical white Easter bunny and
claimed it hers ever since. For the past year, she has been walking
around with her pal Hoppy, a friendly bunny that can be found next to
her most times of the day.
I love that Bunny too. There were times where I would talk through
bunny and she would smile and talk back, all while looking at me and
knowing the truth yet giving in to the joyous fantasy. And I remember
her for a short while never wanting to sleep on her own bed, until Bunny
had a heart to heart with her and share with her his desire for
sleeping on her own bed. She’s been sleeping there ever since!
animals and toys have a long history, and the first ones can be traced
back to a German company in the 1880’s called the Steiff Company,
developing stuffed toys using new upholstery making technology. By the
early 1900s’ the U.S. began developing its own brand of stuffed animals
and toys, and the first Teddy Bear was created by Morris Michtom after
seeing a drawing of Theodore Roosevelt with a bear cub.
then the world has come to enjoy, find comfort in, play with and
collect many types of stuffed toys and animals including the classic
Teddy Bears, Beanie Babies, My Pillow Pets, Sesame Street characters,
classic and even the recent return of the Furby all created to develop
warm and loving relationships with their human companions!