John Marsden Writing Topic #362
Write a letter to the favourite stuffed toy you had when you were younger (or still have now)**
I hope you’re well, it’s been a long time since we last saw each other, I think it’s been at least ten years, most likely more.
I remember the first time I saw you at a newsagent/gift store, which I think was called The Card Cage. I remember seeing you with your fellow Beanie Kids. I loved all of you Beanie Kids, I think I vaguely remember having a few of you keeping me company in my childhood bedroom, anyway I’m digressing. I remember seeing you and your pink coat, cute button nose & eyes. Your rainbow crest on your heart stood out to me. I loved rainbows and because of that I instantly wanted you and convinced my parents to take you home. I thought you were a beautiful girl and that your name was unique, as a child I didn’t get what it meant, as an adult I do.
I loved playing with you, a little too much actually, I’m sure you remember hurting your neck and my mum treating you with matching pink stitches. I’m sorry about that by the way. I remember having you constantly play with my Daffodil Day bear, Dougal who was your “boyfriend” although the relationship didn’t last very long, but you managed to find happiness of your own.
I remember you kept me company for at least a couple of years, I can’t remember the exact time when I decide that you would benefit in another child’s home. It wasn’t personal, the same thing happened with Dougal and your/my other friends, but I felt that our friendship had drifted apart as I was starting my journey to adulthood. I often wondered (and felt guilt over) what might have been had you been around. I think or at least hope, that you were able to provide another child with as much happiness as you provided me.
I hope wherever you are that you are happy and loved. Thank you for your friendship.
Writing this story actually made me a little emotional as it took me back to my childhood, I couldn’t help but think of this iconic montage in Toy Story 2.
**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.