Vacation Guy – Part III

I’ll finish my Vacation Guy trilogy with today’s post, including a photo I just took of the esteemed stuffed toy, taken nearly 15 years after he entered Ella’s life. As you can tell, he has been fully loved by her, so much so that in true Velveteen Rabbit terms, he is undoubtedly real (and has been for years).

Ella would gently rub his face while falling off to sleep each night, the loving he received there being obvious. Several years ago, my mother sewed on “gloves,” replacing the originals that had been worn through. I remember how nervous Ella was when Vacation Guy went in for glove surgery, and how excited she was when he emerged looking so good.

A similar experience was had each time Vacation Guy went for a bath (the washing machine). That form of bath was a little too hard on him so next he got the Woolite treatment in the sink. Ultimately, though, the concern of hurting him was too great and the baths ceased.

Vacation Guy no longer sleeps with Ella but is kept on her nightstand, right next to her bed.

Today’s Prompt: Describe your favorite toy.

One thought on “Vacation Guy – Part III

  1. My first teddy bear was much like Ella’s ‘vacation guy’. I have no idea when I got it but I do remember it when I was 4 or 5. By that time it was a very well worn bear. If it had a name before I do not recall but one of the adults must have called it ‘raggedy cuss’ because that is the only name that I remember. And until it disappeared, that is what I called it. I have no recollection of where it went or when.

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