Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave

Old Monkey

I don’t think that as parent we plan to deceive our children.  I think most of us view these little white lies as a way to protect our children’s innocence.   We never expect our children to catch on to our fibs. Well this weekend I got caught.

My daughter has never had an issue giving up a comfort item.  The pacifier, she gave up between 6 and 9 months.  The bottle, gone at the age of 13 months.  She does have a “best blankie”, but if it’s not available she’ll very easily use a substitute blanket in its place.  Even her animals are not necessary to calm her down or needed for nap time.

At first we were very proud of this.  Then I thought it would be nice for her to have a extra comfort when she was with a sitter, or staying the night at one of her Grandparents homes without us.  My husband and I have made an effort to introduce these comfort items and reinforce their soothing powers.   Even thought she loves these items it doesn’t mean a sleepless night if we’re without them.

There are a few particular items.  A lion that she has had from the day she was born, a nice soft blanket and a Monkey that  she picked out in Hawaii on her 1st birthday.  Monkey has been her special love.

New Monkey

A few weeks ago we thought we lost Monkey.  He was gone for at least couple of weeks.  Luckily I found him while getting ready for our trip and Lil L developed a new appreciation for him.  She carried him around like a newborn baby through the airports and cuddled with him on our red eye.   And then the worst happened!  With all the hustle and bustle of JFK, Monkey was missed place!

I didn’t realize it until we were on our way to Cape Cod.  L asked for him over and over.  I had no idea where he was! I just knew we left him in the airport and he was gone forever. The one item that our daughter has grown and real attachment too was gone!  I was an awful Mommy for letting this happen!

It was the next day that the toy Gods smiled on us! While we were walking through downtown Chatham  we happened upon a toy store and there sat Monkey!  Sure his mouth was still a perfect smile, his fur still a milk chocolate brown and his stuffing was still fluffy, but it was Monkey none the less.   This time I was even smart enough to buy 2!

We told Lil L that I washed Monkey and fixed his mouth. She was a little confused, asked a few questions, but seemed to accept our explanation.

So this morning while going through our suitcase I felt a lump in a pocket that I never use. There was Monkey in the a hidden pocket in my suitcase! I still suffer from momnesia and completely forgot I put him there for safe keeping while we were retrieving our bags at JFK!

Now remember when I told you we convinced L that her Monkey had never been lost? Let’s just say that I have officially confused my daughter.  She’s not sure what to think of her old and new Monkey and doesn’t really want to play with either.  I was so excited to show her I found Monkey!  She took one look at him and then looked at me like I was completely crazy. “Mommy, why did you rip my Monkeys mouth again?” Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

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