Friday, March 1, 2013

The 30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 26 A Childhood Memory

All of my memories are childhood memories. (That's the magic of being 12). But one of my earliest childhood memories is when I got my favorite stuffed animal: a cat named Menedy.

Scout cuddling with Menedy.
When I was about three, I spotted a bunch of stuffed cats on a rack. They were all Beanie Buddies, which are larger versions of Beanie Babies. At the time, cats were my favorite animal. I immediately began to play with them and talk to them. When it was time to leave I said, "I'll come back!"

I can't remember what happened afterwards, but I know some time later when I was in the car, Vavó said, "Kate, I have a surprise for you." I said, "What is it?" Vavó pulled one of the stuffed cats out of the bag she was holding. I started hugging it and said, "I'll call you Menedy!"

I have no idea why I named her that or where I got the name, but the name stuck and now Menedy goes with me wherever I go. As you can see in the picture, she's very old, very floppy, and very loved. I even made her some clothes. Menedy used to be pure white. Now she's gray. The only patch of white is behind her ear. You can't see it unless you fold it back.

What is your favorite stuffed animal? How about your favorite childhood memory? Leave a comment! :D


Boquinha said...

I love Menedy like part of the family. I feel very protective of her. I think it's so sweet, the relationship you two have. :)

Dr. Mark said...

"That's the magic of being 12." I love that line! I also love how Menedy is this omnipresent force. I hope you never stop saying, "Wait! I've got to get Menedy."

Karoline Kingley said...

I too had a stuffed cat that I called Marshmallow (no idea why.) I would have kept her but a family friend with a two year old daughter became very attached to Marshmallow, so I gave my stuffed kitty to her. Even though I'm still a kid, at my age I would only retain her for sentimentality, so I'm glad someone else can enjoy Marshmallow now. :)

Zelia said...

I can never think about you without Menedy in your arms or very close by. I love how you protect her every time someone tries to pick her up. The Foley family is a family of 6 Mother father, brother sister, dog and Menedy. Very cool family.