As our time home continues and summer looks different, we continue to clean and move through memories. Cleaning Kelsey’s stuffed animals was a journey that took an unexpected turn. She is quite good at cleaning and holding onto memories without specific belongings.
However, when it came to her stuffed animals, she surprised us. We started small by donating a few items when the COVID shutdown occurred. Slowly but surely, we began to clean out other belongings and personal items. We recently came to a small corner that seemed like any other.
This group of items appeared like her other favorites. Instead, we learned that each one held a memory. The first was a monkey bear. This tiny blanket/rattle combination has become a new favorite. We discovered that it was because it has been keeping her calm since she was a baby. Next was Violet, the singing LeapFrog toy that she snuggled with as a toddler. As Kelsey sat through much of her toddler time because she had trouble moving, this singing purple bear occupied her time.
Then came the teddy bears. “Remember this one,” she said as Brown Bear surfaced with the hospital tag still on his right arm. “Remember how I missed Brown Bear day in Kindergarten so this bear kept me company instead because he’s a brown bear.” It was stated matter of factly with a hug. “I love this one,” she concluded.
We more than remember that day…
With each passing bear or stuffy, a memory of Kelsey’s journey was shared. Instead of looking at these memories or moments with sadness, they were approached with comfort and love.
Be Brave. Approach your moments and memories with comfort and love today.