I've been keeping them because I learned at a young age that plush animals were alive and had feelings. Mom really anthropomorphized stuffed animals when we were kids. Still does. I actually enjoy it sometimes because it's one of the few times she's actually funny and happy. And I think I'm okay with it because I see it as puppeteering. She's gotten quite skilled at doing voices, making them move in funny little ways. I know my kids will enjoy her doing this.
Unfortunately it means that I get a bit too attached to stuffed animals. I mean, I grew up thinking that plush toys needed "anesthetic" before they went into "plush surgery." I know now that they don't have personalities and they don't feel pain. But wow, I have to remind myself to believe that. Scary, huh?
So moms, what do you do with kids and plush toys? Do you play with your kids and let them treat their stuffed animals like they're alive? Or does that just give kids attachment issues?
The good news is that there are some stuffed animals that I know I don't have attachment issues with. They will not feel pain, they won't be upset. So out they go.
|Free with a pair of earrings I bought. No idea why.|
|A pet-sitting thank you gift from a family friend.|
I suppose the double curse of loving stuffed animals is that people are constantly giving them to you. As if my own collecting wasn't bad enough.
Items 129-133: Five stuffed animals, all free. Off to the thrift shop!
Total money wasted on junk this year: $1262.00.