So speaking of love...(since it is Valentine's Day this week and all), I thought immediately of Teddy.
Alex's favorite stuffed animal of course. Teddy came into Alex's life 3 years ago on Christmas Day. He was such a soft, squishy bear, Alex immediately fell in love with him. Even though Alex is now almost 9, he hasn't outgrown Teddy.
Teddy and Alex have been great pals. Teddy has been with us on vacation, has provided a soft shoulder for Alex to cry on when he's sad, and has narrowly escaped (on more than one occasion) being thrown up on when Alex has been sick during the night. Some of the other stuffed animals in Alex's room haven't been so lucky.
Teddy's looking a little scraggly these days...but that just shows how much he's loved.
Sometimes when I look at Alex giving Teddy a huge hug, it makes me wish it were socially acceptable as an adult to carry around a large, mangy stuffed bear.