After four years of assisting Lifekind customers, there’s a story that always touches my heart: Ava, who received her first Organic Cotton Mocha Stuffed Bunny as a newborn. The other day Ava’s mother called explaining that Ava still takes “Bunny” everywhere. When the family goes on vacation, Bunny goes too. But after five years, Bunny was a little worn out. It had been stitched & patched so many times that mending just wouldn’t do anymore, and it was time for a replacement. Ava’s mother was hoping that if Ava were to think it was the same bunny, switching the old bunny for a new one would be a smooth transition. She was relieved to learn we still made our bunny, although we no longer made the mocha-colored version – only vanilla.
A few days later I received a call from Ava and her mom to discuss the situation. I must have said the right thing, because Ava approved the new bunny idea, even in a new color, and they placed the order. I was reminded of one of my most comforting stories, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. For children, comfort objects may take the form of a blanket, a stuffed animal, or a favorite toy, and like Ava’s, mine was a bunny.
A few months later, out of the blue I received a call from Ava’s mom, who said everything was great. Ava loved her new Bunny. Instead of replacing the original, she kept them both, and now they’re included in all her activities.
If you know someone who could use some comforting, get him or her a new bunny at http://www.lifekind.com/index.php/site_category_product/139/?from=28.