Stuffed Toys Of Our Childhood!

My creative spirit was unleashed on Sunday evening. With my friend’s wedding coming up, I was determined to gift them something personal and straight from the heart. Sauntering into the storage room, I was rummaging for a few art supplies when my eyes fell on a box labelled ‘Aaliyah’.

Curious to know what was inside, I left everything I found in one corner, and dived into the content of this mysterious box. I was flooded with nostalgia and reminiscence.

I found photographs of me as a little girl, of my house where I grew up, a few pieces of tiny garments, birthday cards and a bunch of other items. Waving my hands around this box of joy and love, I felt a fuzzy object right at the bottom. What could it be?

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To my amazement, I picked up a most precious memory from my childhood.

I was three years old, when my mom had left for a work trip for a few days. Not being able to see her had left me in a state of frenzy, and I couldn’t stop crying. My father’s heart was broken. Leaving me with my siblings, he left the house, only to return with a beautifully wrapped present and a bouquet of bright flowers.

My eyes shone as he walked up to me. I tore it up, and there lay the warmest, fuzziest looking teddy bear there ever was. With a red bow tied around its neck, it was wearing an adorable hat and tux. With it, came a bunch of other clothing that it could be changed into. One look, and my eyes dried up. I was so thankful for my father.

I named it Bozo. From then on, I carried it everywhere I went. I hugged it when my mom or dad were away, it protected me from the monsters I thought were under my bed and became a constant companion.

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As I grew up, I was mesmerized by other things, but it always lay on my bed. When I went away for college, it was left on my bed. Later, when all my things were packed up and Bozo must have got mixed with it.

I hadn’t thought about it in so long, and assumed it has been lost or thrown away. I couldn’t contain myself when I saw it and all the past memories came flooding back. After giving it a little wash, I placed it on my bed. It is a good feeling to have a piece of your childhood with you.

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Do you remember your stuffed toy when you were a child? Tell me in the comments!


About Aaliyah

Aaliyah – Girlfriend from California The ‘free-spirited’ Aaliyah is an Indian-American, born and raised in California, USA. Extremely passionate about photography, she is a freelance photographer, taking up various gigs from wedding shoots to music festivals. With great appreciation for exploring new cultures and places, she loves taking spontaneous trips alone with her camera, to unknown places, always coming back with a bag full of experiences, stories and some extraordinary photos. She hasn’t been to India yet, but that is number one thing on her priority list. Aaliyah and I started dating 2 years ago. Even though there have been a few bumps along the way, it has been the best two year. I can imagine spending the rest of my life with her! How I met Aaliyah I met Aaliyah at a friend’s wedding, where she was the photographer. I was completely intrigued by her from the minute I saw her. I asked her out on a date and she said yes! We just got along really well and since then, there have been a countless number of dates and there are many more to come! Favorites: Favorite accessory: Camera Favorite drink: Beer Life ambition: Travel the world Favorite quote: ‘To Travel is to Take a Journey into Yourself’- Danny Kaye

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