Today, I said goodbye to an old friend. A friend who had been a part of our family's life for the last 2 1/2 years...a friend I came to depend on to get me through some long days...and long nights. A friend that my son loved very much, for a long time.
Our friend Tad.
Tad was a gift to Jack soon after he was born. Night after night he would help us sing and soothe Jack to sleep. Sometimes it took 5 minutes, sometimes it took 10 minutes, sometimes it took longer. There were times that Tad worked extra hard, at multiple times throughout the night. He held a very special place beside Jack in his crib, and if he somehow found his way out, Jack would always be sure to let me know.
Tad took many trips with Jack, and enjoyed naps and sleepovers at The Wormington Farm, Grandma Tam's House, Gran's house and Aunti Cherie's house among others. He was a friend we never left home without, for almost 2 years. If ever we did forget him at home, we felt a sense of panic...and by "we"...I mostly mean "me".
Tad played a role in teaching Jack many things; the words to various favourite songs, how to clap his hands, how to count, and how to laugh. He was a friend to Jack late into the night, and early into the morning. He always listened, always smiled, and always did his best to dry his tears and soothe his fears.
The time came for Tad to make a new friend, to provide calm at bedtime and all through the night, and to share what he knows with someone else who is ready to learn.
Tad was a good friend to Jack, and also to me...he is one of those toys that made its mark in this house, proved its worth. I came to depend on him just as much as Jack did, likely more. It was hard for me to let him go, but I know he will have more fun with his new little friend, then he would have had in our basement.
Yes, I have seen Toy Story 3.
Goodbye old friend, thank you for all you did for Jack, and for me.
Do you have a friend like Tad in your house? Or did you have one as a child? I'd love to hear about it.
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