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Margaret typing…Yes, I realize I’m just a teddy bear. And for as long as I can remember I’ve had this crazy, purple fur. Sadly, my earliest memories are of being left alone in the corner of an attic. I’m not sure why I was banished to a corner. Perhaps the children had tired of me? Or perhaps someone put me there not knowing where I belonged? I ended up completely alone and covered in old dust.
About once a year, a human would make their way up the long, creaky stairwell towards the attic. My lungs would fill with hope watching the doorknob turn. Sometimes a man would come in, sometimes a woman. They would usually spend ten or fifteen minutes sifting through the cardboard boxes, as if they were looking for something. I would shout my friendliest “Hellos!” and “Nice to meet yous!” but no one could hear me. And even when they looked right at me, they didn’t seem to see me. I was truly invisible. Loneliness, and a few grey spiders, became my only companions. And I wondered if I would spend all eternity watching the sun’s rays move quietly across the floorboards.
Then one day a woman I had never seen before came up those squeaky stairs. She opened the dusty drapes as if she was planning to give the attic a good cleaning. I’ll never forget the moment she turned and saw me. “Well, what do we have here?” she said. Walking over to me she bent down and gently picked me up. For the first time in my life I was speechless. She smiled and grabbing a rag, wiped the cobwebs out of my ears. I began to giggle and she giggled back. “Well, my dear. I don’t have children of my own, and I’ve always wanted a little girl, so I’ll call you Margaret if that’s ok with you?” My eyes shone brightly and I gave her my biggest smile. Sometimes one true friend is all you really need in this world.
Eventually, my new Mom taught me to type with my purple paws. I guess she realized I had something to say. So now I travel the world and want to share my stories with you! Maybe I’m paying it forward? 🌼 Margaret 🧸
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