When my oldest was a toddler, he loved owls. He’d tell us he had an “owl fascination.” He had a snowy owl that he slept with every night. One of those that if it were lost the world would stop until we found it so bedtime could continue. Then one day all at once, snowy owl dropped off the radar to be replaced by a Baby T-Rex.
When we took my middle son to the carousel for the first time, he rode a panda and then afterward picked out a little stuffed panda bear. Since he has developed a love of pandas; we just had a three year panda birthday party even! He still sleeps with his little panda, takes it on adventures with us and the world stops when the panda cannot be found. One day, too, the little panda will likely drop off the radar to be replaced by something new, perhaps his own Baby T-Rex.
My youngest has his own Baby T-Rex compliments of my sister, but is too little to know just yet what might be his beloved, world-stopping lovey. He is sure to have one. We all do, right? Years later when we discover them stashed away in a box in an attic or under a bed, instantly they take us back to sweet childhood. Many of the toys from childhood are lost as we become adults. Too busy for our worlds to stop and find them, and yet so rich in memories.
As parents, I encourage you to include these favorite little loveys in photographs. Add them to your photo books, leave them clutched in little hands when you have professional portraits taken. Years later, your kiddos will look back at these images and be reminded of first loves and sweet childhood moments.