The last few weeks we have been spending more and more time at my parents house; the odd few hours here and there just for a change of scenery as the weather has been a bit rubbish. I haven’t spent much time there over the last year as I’ve found it quite hard to be there as it doesn’t seem the same without Mom being there and I’ve found myself getting emotional at how empty it can feel. But the girls have developed an obsession with my Dads dog and always want to go and see him so I’ve put my stuff aside and started going more regularly.
Yesterday my Gran came over to see us and come for a look around our new house. Afterwards we went back to the house and P1 as always had her beloved panda with her. It got my Gran onto talking about her favourite childhood toy which also was a panda named Ming who she worked out to be around 76 years old. She had given Ming and her first teddy bear to my Mom when she was young and my Mom too treasured Ming and Teddy.
I remember seeing them both in the glass cupboard as a child and I was very rarely allowed to touch them as they were getting on and getting a bit ragged. My Mom being my Mom loved to keep special things so I knew they would be around so I went on a search and in a cupboard above the bed there they were.
It was lovely for my Gran to see her treasured childhood toys again and she told me lots of stories about them and vividly remembered Ming being wrapped in cellophane with a yellow bow and how he had beautiful soft white fur which has totally worn away. It was such a lovely thing to be able to do and hear stories from when she was young. I put P1s panda next to Ming and to say hers is 2 years old and Ming is three quarters of a century older – there’s not much difference eh?!
Ming and Teddy have lay in the cupboard for a good 10-15 years so it was lovely to get them out and let my daughters see what their Gran and Great Gran held so dear for many years and whilst to most they look like rather tatty old things, for my Gran it was a lovely wander down memory lane. Something so simple as an old teddy ended up sparking some great memories and making it such a lovely afternoon
With Katie at Mummy, Daddy and Me