Neither of my kids have had a “lovey-“ an animal or blanket so beloved that its absence is marked by complete and utter hysterics. That being said, Stella has several animals that are favorites. They’re all feline but that’s where the similarities end.
Hello Kitty is always amazing. But HK is now loved best when she’s sparkly and on a garment – preferably a sleeveless garment. Stella loves to show her guns. Her stuffed HK army sits on a shelf most of the time. It’s a girlie shrine. Sometimes I’m tempted to go light some incense in there.
Her other cats are more varied and utilitarian. Pete the Cat is often in the rotation. He’s had a coveted spot on her bed now for a couple of weeks. There’s also this odd pillow pet-style kitty. That shit is just weird, I’m sorry. To take an animal or a character, cube it, have little nubs for hands and feet sticking out from the corners and a big bulbous head sticking out like a goiter (and dear god NEVER Google that) is just not right. But Flat Kitty (yeah, that’s its name…..Roadkill Kitty got vetoed) has been a favorite for nearly 2 years now.
And then there’s Noodles. Noodles is one of those random big-eyed toys that little girls seem to love. She’s small and soft with pink trim. Noodles has been in bed with her now for several months. I hadn’t paid Noodles much attention until recently when I went to a Barnes and Noble and saw a whole pile of Noodles on a shelf. I was shocked at how shiny and new they looked compared to our Noodles. Sure, our Noodles has those grubby kid-fingered dreadlocks that fake fur gets. But what are most noticeable are her eyes. Our Noodles has eyes made nearly opaque by being scraped up against the wall each and every night. I don’t know what Stella does in her sleep, but it’s hell on the wall and anything in bed with her.
Stella doesn’t seem to care. Noodles is still fabulous. And I guess Noodles doesn’t really need to see what’s going on, does she?