Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear

Her name is Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear. This month marks six years since she was given to me as a gift and I’ve slept with her every night since then.
As a child, I rather desperately wanted to become attached to something like a blankie. I’d hear stories of little kids who couldn’t go to sleep unless they had their special blankets or stuffed animal with them, and it sounded so whimsical. I tried to train myself as a little bitty girl to carry a blanket everywhere I went, but hey! I was the active outdoors type and would soon forget the blanket, leave it folded in a corner, and only remember my resolution days later.
Then for my sixteenth birthday, my adopted parents gave me a blanket and I thought “Ah-ha! This is the perfect opportunity to finally fulfill my childhood dream.” So I began taking the blanket with me when I went somewhere overnight. Four years later when I received Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear I decided she could join the blanket as my traveling companion.
Over the years Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear has endured a lot – being attacked by a puppy (hence the missing eye), being used as a pillow on rather disgusting airport floors, many terrifying moments being tied in a cloth then thrown in the washer, and being stuffed in too many bags to count as she’s toted across the world.
To date the I’ve only not slept with the blanket three nights in the last (soon-to-be) decade, and those missed nights were all within the first year. And Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear? Well, I’m happy to announce that I haven’t missed a night of toting her around with me.
That means this bear/blanket duo is rather well-traveled. Together they’ve gone with me to…
– Africa
* Ivory Coast (layover)
– Asia
*Qatar (layover)
*Switzerland (not overnight)
*The Netherlands
*Belgium (not overnight)
– South America
*Columbia (layover, just blanket)
*Peru (just blanket)
– North America
*USA (not all overnight)
-North Carolina
-North Dakota
-South Carolina
  -West Virginia
Tune in tomorrow for the story of the day Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear horrifyingly disappeared and what my frantic search turned up. 😉

7 thoughts on “Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear

  1. Claire says:

    Sequoia is a very well-traveled bear! As a kid, I carried my Raggedy Ann doll “Annie” everywhere, and she certainly looks raggedy/well-loved now. 🙂 It’s a great feeling to have a special thing like her and Sequoia!

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      YES! I always thought it would be cool to have something that I traveled all over the world with. First of all I tried a waterbottle, but that didn’t last long. Yay for Raggedy Ann! 🙂

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  2. evanboywhite says:

    That’s one heck of a stuffed bear with an interesting name. I have a stuffed bear who is still somehow alive. I think he came around on my first birthday or before ( I am pretty sure it was 1998 when he came round.) Now Huggy The Happy Bear has lost his original smile and needs neck repairs badly, but he is indeed still in existence. ( I am pretty sure Pillow Pals were a 1990s thing as the final ones were released in 1999)

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Ah yes, I know what it’s like to have my little stuffed animal buddy falling apart, but it’s still fun to carry around. 🙂 And Pillow Pals are cool.


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