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…
* Ivory Coast (layover)
*Switzerland (not overnight)
*Belgium (not overnight)
– South America
*Columbia (layover, just blanket)
*Peru (just blanket)
– North America
*USA (not all overnight)
Tune in tomorrow for the story of the day Sequoia Louise Awkward Honeybear horrifyingly disappeared and what my frantic search turned up. 😉