By Amy Hackworth.
The very thought of a childhood lovey makes me sentimental. My own sweet Blue Baby, a stuffed cloth doll, was so well-loved that her big soft head is eternally flopped over to one side or the other. Our oldest son had a beloved stuffed animal, and we laugh when we look back at pictures of Giraffe in pristine condition. Was he ever really that yellow? Or that clean? Did he once have both eyes?
Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics says loveys, or transitional objects, have lots of benefits for children, including reassurance, comfort, and security. The American Academy of Pediatrics also wisely suggests purchasing duplicate loveys, so you can wash one while the other is being loved, or protect against a heartbreaking loss. This is brilliant advice.
But maybe it’s too late to buy another lovey, or maybe your child’s lovey is one-of-a-kind. What to do when it’s torn or damaged or loved nearly into oblivion? NYC Lovey Repair to the rescue. This incredibly caring mother-daughter duo runs a non-profit, in-house clinic where they lovingly restore, repair, and rescue loveys who are on the brink of demise.
The best part — and there are so many good parts — is that little Amalia, President, is just seven years old. I’m so moved by this family’s remarkable generosity, thoughtfulness, and sensitivity. Think of all the wonderful things Amalia is learning as she shares her skills with people who need her help. This is using time wisely. A little girl who grows up mending other people’s treasures is going to do some remarkable things in her life (but no pressure, Amalia!). I’m equally inspired by her mother, Becca, who organizes, coordinates, and oversees the efforts, and does plenty of sewing herself. And all of it at no charge! Reading their blog assures me that it’s truly a joy for her to work on this with her daughter. And it must be so fun to say to baffled lovey-owners, “Oh no, there’s no charge for that. We just do this because we want to help.”
Do you have a good lovey story? (I know you do!) Have you helped your kids serve in a similar way? Or have Amalia and Becca got you thinking about something your family could do for others?
Jennifer Murphy handmade bears and animals, available here, look like they’ve already been loved a lifetime or two.
P.S. — For a good cry, watch this video about a boy who’s amazingly reunited with a long lost lovey, and the sweet post that accompanies it.