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There once was an ugly duckling.... [Apr. 16th, 2008|09:09 am]
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Once upon a time JJ was a baby.  He got very attached to a toy duck with a rattle inside.  This is what it looked like.

It became his lovey.  On the advice of a friend who was a seasoned parent, I bought two spare ducks.  One spare started rotating with the original until they were equally worn and loved, thus enabling me to wash it without JJ freaking out (or realizing there were two identical ones).  The other was kept in its pristine condition in the cupboard as an emergency back-up duck.

JJ found the back-up the other day in a box in Abby's room.  
"Is this my ducky?" he asked quizzically.  
"Well, it isn't your ducky JJ.  It's what your ducky used to look like."  
"It rattles like my ducky!"

But there the resemblance ends.  For this is what JJ's ducky looks like after 4 years of being chewed, thrown, rubbed, dropped, twisted, sat on, slept with, barfed on, washed, stroked and loved.

Notice the cherry Tylenol stain on the left wing that won't come off.  The frayed beak looks almost painful!  The fur is no longer fluffy and yellow, but grey and matted.  All in all, it's a sorry-looking specimen.

The side by side comparison is not for the weak of stomach.  Quick, someone call PETA!

But you know what?  There are so many memories I associate with the duck on the right.  It smells like JJ, even after washing.  You can keep your brand new clean duck.  JJ and I will take the manky, smelly old duck anytime. :)

[User Picture]From: kadnkadnk
2008-04-16 01:34 pm (UTC)
awwwhhhh.... so sweet. Thanks for posting this, to remind us what's important.

Manky ducks. :)

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[User Picture]From: amymarr
2008-04-16 02:01 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome story! I wonder if Abby will also get attached to the same ducky. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: wwpostergirl
2008-04-16 03:12 pm (UTC)
I hope not, because I don't think they make it anymore so we won't be able to find spares!!
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[User Picture]From: harmonysky
2008-04-16 05:05 pm (UTC)
My daughter is 20 years old and still has her blankie. It's ratty and dirty and she gets mad if I say I'm going to wash it. She's left it home while she's gone to college but when she visits she still drags out blankie and sits with it whie she's watching TV or reading. Every once in a while, if she doesn't think I'm looking, I catch her with her thumb in her mouth and she's sniffing blankie.

I don't care if she's 20 and she still has her blankie. She'll always be my little baby girl.

Blankie has such good memories for her and for me.
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[User Picture]From: ejw829
2008-04-16 06:36 pm (UTC)
That is SO sweet :) And you were smart to have back up duckies. My friend Mare's daughter has "Bear", one of those bear heads w/ a blankie attached. Well, they were never able to find an exact replacement and have had problems when it comes to time to wash him.

I still have my blankie... well, bits of him. My Nana made this faux leopard play rug for my oldest sister, Karen, 46 years ago. She passed it on to Alison, now 42. I got it (33) and apparently, I don't share well b/c Mom had to make one for Chuck. "Leppie" went to summer camp, to college, to England... and is now not much more than tattered scraps :( But I won't part with them, no matter what. I have a "faux leppie" to sleep with (honestly) and a small leopard Beanie Baby that travels with me now.
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[User Picture]From: harmonysky
2008-04-17 01:08 am (UTC)
I understand.
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[User Picture]From: gunthersdncemix
2008-04-17 12:47 am (UTC)
That is cute. Did you have to stain the duplicate with cherry tylenol to match back when JJ was younger? ;)
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