Look after and Love what you own

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On my Grandmother’s library chair, which sits in the corner of my bedroom, sits my childhood teddy bear. Big Ted was won at Knutsford May Day fair by my Nanna when I was 2 and was my beloved childhood confidant.

He is sewn into one of my childhood jumpers, a rainbow of coloured woollen stripes, wears a pair of Small Boy’s baby socks (the originals having developed holes themselves) and only a teeny patch of his original fur remains on his tummy.

He doesn’t even have a nose.

What he is now made of is dozens of small handsewn patches, applied over many years by my mother’s tiny stitches. Every time he developed a cuddle induced hole, Mother would cut up another scrap, one time a piece of her own worn yellow “fluffy duckling” dressing gown, and mend him for me.

He is, literally, made out of love.

Recently the napkins Little Sister and I ate with as children had finally wiped one too many little fingers and holes started to appear in their centres. So yesterday evening I sat down with my purring cat and patched them with scraps of mismatching fabric and brightly coloured thread.

Tonight Small Boy will wipe his mouth on the patches and I will be happy knowing that some things do not change.

What do you or your loved ones own that deserves a few patches?

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2 Comments

  • Reply January 21, 2016

    Betty

    Being a collector of things that have seen their better days, I really appreciate the spirit with which you are preserving things and keeping them in your world, Ouissi!! My own dear Teddy is not quite ready for patches, but I am not dragging him everywhere and making him attend endless doll tea parties, like in his younger days. However, most of his fur has been loved off and it’s always a possibility that he will need them one day.

    Please keep doing what you do! I love it!

    Betty

    • Reply January 21, 2016

      Ouissi

      Thank you Betty ;) I have been asked for photos of my teddy so I may find out and put it in Facebook tomorrow! He is very threadbare though…xx

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