My 5 year old son has, what he calls, a “team”; a collection of stuffed bears, monkeys, snow leopards, and hippos that line the headboard of his bed.
He will often sleep with one, or two, or all of them. If a new toy is added to his arsenal, he’ll sleep with that too. (We found him cuddled next to his new battery operated alarm clock this weekend).
But it’s the Blanket that he is attached to above all else. B, Blanky, Blanks, is with him every night. My son talks about his blanket like it’s a person.
Our friends warned us to immediately buy a backup of any toy our children get obsessed with. Yknow, just in case.
If that B ever disappeared, we’d have a few days of stress to be sure. Would we contact the local paper and offer a reward? Probably not, but one Grade 3 boy and his family have done just that as they seek out a very important bear.
Max Schilman lost his Teddy Bear on a weekend trip, and his family immediately contacted the news media to search for the return of the boy’s fuzzy friend.
Max’s mom got choked up as she told The Calgary Herald about the importance of Berry to the family when Max’s grandfather died suddenly of a heart attack, and the bear comforted him.
Max was also hospitalized with a form of epilepsy, and Berry was by his side throughout that treatment.
“That’s when Max and Berry really forged this bond,” said Max’s mom. “We would make Berry come to life and he ended up being a real source of comfort.”
Max and Berry have matching outfits, and he takes him to school, to the table for meals, on camping trips, and all sorts of adventures – which is how he became lost on their latest venture to the big city.
It’s just a bear, we know that, but I can’t help but break a little inside for this boy and his family.
“He is probably crying like I am,” said Max, of his lost stuffed toy. “I’ve had him ever since I was born.”
Max has even cracked his piggy bank and is offering a $20 reward for Berry’s safe return.
Is your kid attached to a toy that goes everywhere with them? Do you have a “backup bear/blanket”?
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