I will be the first to admit that I don't get STUFFED ANIMALS. I never was a fan....they get dirty and they don't really do anything. I promise I am not heartless... So when Ashley got really excited about a box this week I couldn't wait to open it with her. Then there they were..."Bauer Bear, Bevin Bunny, Carly Cat, Duffy Dog, Genna Giraffe and Mocha Monkey." All fury and stuffed, just staring at me. Ashley's joy couldn't be contained. I couldn't tell if she was kidding or serious about starting a "Save The Teddy Bear" Campaign.
Soon after a trio of little kids came in and instantly gravitated toward the animals. Their faces filled with smiles, while their parents had that, "Oh no, not more stuffed animals" face. It was then that I realized the real joy of stuffed animals. They are memories. At some point or another we were given an animal by a grandparent or an aunty. At birth, babies are given their first toy which they eventually take to pre-school. They provide comfort in this sometimes scary and confusing world. I guess you could say I had an "AHHH-HAAA" moment.
I have made my peace with stuffed animals. Although I don't share the same enthusiasm as Ashley (which I am convinced she has stuffed animals piled on her bed), I am excited we have a new product in our store that can provide a new memory for someone. If those memories make people smile, then that is all that matters.
Need a gift for a cute keiki? Come in and check out these new stuffed animals from The Manhattan Toy Company.