One Couple's Stumblings Through Parenthood and Marriage

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Kate & Horsey: A Love Story

Horsey was a gift to Kate from Auntie Chrissy a couple of years ago. The stuffed animal was a spontaneous present. Little did we know that the purchase would spawn such a touching love story.
This picture illustrates the love Kate has for the pink equine far more eloquently than words can. The two are inseparable. Only laundry time can split the two up for more than an hour at a time.

Were you able to look closer, you wood see that poor Horsey has seen better days. She is balding in several places (Rogaine is useless). She is permanently stained with the oils, foods, and dirt of the three-year-old that loves her so. One ear is pushed forward and the other back because Kate will sit for minutes at a time, rubbing the ears. She will also sit for quite a while, simply rubbing Horsey softly against her lips, kissing Horsey, and engaging in general snuggling.

We thought that this affection would wane with time. Not so; it has only strengthened. One sure fire way of getting Kate to lose all semblance of control is to misplace Horsey. This has actually provided some good leverage for us - behave or Horsey goes night-night. Works like a charm. Kate has almost replaced Horsey with other animals (in a Woody - Buzz Lightyear-style manner), but in the end, not even pink kitty or red dog can supplant her beloved Horsey.

We hope that this little animal will survive the next few years. We can't find a replacement (originally purchased at Target) and she will only become rattier as time goes on. But then, love is eternal, is it not?


Chelsa said...

one of my little sisters had a blanket named Coty when she was a baby, and she wore it down to the bare fibers with love. My stepmom finally sewed the shreds of Coty onto another blanket, which my sister has to this day. Maybe, when Horsey gets ready to perish, you can employ a similar technique, and sew Horsey's ratty carcass onto another, newer horse. I think that that would be great, and not at all disturbing or repulsive.

Raging Wombat said...

That is a marvelous idea. Or,we could make a rug out of her, or a draping for the back of our couch. Or mount her head on our wall.

So many pink possibilities.

Uncle Chrissy said...

That's a GREAT idea, Chelsa!

By the way, TECHNICALLY, Horsey is a Unicorn. Tomayto-Tomawto.

Raging Wombat said...

Yes, Horsey is a unicorn. I have launched into several treatises to explain to my daughters the differences between horses, ponies, unicorns, pegasi, etc., but to no avail. They're all horses. I'll make equine experts of them yet, though.

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