The Lovey Repair Hospital: Mother-Daughter Lovey Repair TeamMonica Bielanko
It must be some kind of rite of passage for parents.
Tracking down a lost lovey, trying to secretly replace a worn out lovey, or trying to fix it on our own, which, if, like me, you were at the back of the line when God was doling out crafting skills, you will probably do more harm than good.
Enter The Lovey Repair Hospital. Like Doc McStuffins but for real!
I found the business from reading an article in The New York Times about KJ Dell’Antonia’s determination to fix her young son’s worn out lovey.
I wrote a post on loveys, uncomfortably aware of little pillow’s state, and embarked on a determined search to find a way to return little pillow to my son’s bed. I’m not sure what inspired me to run an online search on “New York City” and “lovey” and “repair,” but the result was instant: NYCLoveyRepair. Its blog featured freshly stitched teddies and bunnies, so why not a pillow?
Dell’Antonia ended up mailing her son’s love to Rebecca Benghiat, who runs NYCLoveyRepair with her 7-year-old daughter, Amalia. Within days the mother-daughter team had repaired the lovey and sent it back to Dell’Antonia’s son. But that isn’t the end of this sweet little tale.
When Dell’Antonia inquired how she could go about paying Benghiat and her daughter the mother replied thusly: “All repairs free of charge,” she wrote. “I tell Amalia it’s a priceless business, lovey repair.”
Dell’Antonia did pay for the postage and a new part required for the lovey but the labor was free. So Dell’Antonia decided to write about the lovey repair service for the New York Times. When she asked Rebecca Benghiat if she was worried about suddenly being deluged by request for free lovey repairs she said, “It always seems to work itself out. The not charging thing actually can freak people out — I think there’s a security in the quid pro quo of capitalism that some people need.” Benghiat tells the NY Times that her daughter is “on the receiving end of a lot of genuine gratitude. I think it’s a pretty powerful place for a kid to know they’re doing something that’s really of value.”
And that is why I decided to write about NYCLoveyRepair here. A form of paying to forward for Rebecca and Amalia. To push the good vibes further out into the world, if I can.
If you have a lovey in need of repair just visit NYCLoveyRepair’s blog and make an appointment at its “clinic.” They even promise same-day service (if you live in the area) for those who can’t sleep without their friends.
Photo Credit: loveyrepair.com
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