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Amanda Lamb: Blue Pig

Posted July 24, 2011

Every time my daughter goes on a sleepover, I help her pack her bag and leave it in the front hall for the next day so we won't forget it. Inevitably, I come out the next morning and the bag is bulging, the zipper straining to keep some unknown object contained. I know immediately that it is Blue Pig.

On a recent trip, we had planned to leave early in the morning. Just before bed I noticed that my daughter had tied Blue Pig to her nightgown with a piece of yellow yarn. I asked her why.

"Because if you pick me up and put me in the car in the morning and I'm still half-asleep, I don't want you to forget Blue Pig. I know how you are," she said with an accusatory tone.

My oldest daughter never had an affinity for one particular doll or stuffed animal, so this has been my first experience with understanding the importance of the attachment. I asked her why Blue Pig was so important to her.

"When I have to do something I'm scared of, like go to the bathroom in the middle of the night when it looks like there are alligators on the floor, or go on a sleepover for the first time at someone's house, Blue Pig makes me feel like I can do it," she said.

It didn't take any more convincing me. I was sold. We could all use a Blue Pig.

Amanda Lamb is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.

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  • MyThreeDaughters Jul 26, 2011

    My Blue Pig is a memory now as a mom of three. I definitely have times when Blue Pig is needed. For instance, I am starting a new journey in my career that will require to be away from my family. If I could leave a Blue Pig for each of my girls and take one with me, it would put me at ease that I have left my husband and my daughters with my love and suppoort.

  • stagermom Jul 25, 2011

    My son has a stuffed snoopy. It makes trips with us to doctors appointments, even the grocery store. Some times snoopy has to stay in the car and wait, he always gives it a hug and kiss before leaving.

  • boggy1 Jul 25, 2011

    my 9-year-old daughter has Woof Woof, a stuffed dog she's had since she was about a year old. She doesn't leave home without him.

  • cynth221 Jul 25, 2011

    My son has been sleeping with a stuffed Nemo since he was 18m - he just turned 4. It is a great comforter.

  • qrbyrd Jul 25, 2011

    I have a teddy bear I got when I was 6. I am now 44 and I still have it. I don't sleep with it of course, but would feel awful if something happened to it.

  • msnfnp Jul 25, 2011

    Love it!

  • DWH4sure Jul 25, 2011

    My 9-yr-old has Fuzzy, a teddy bear that has been with her since we brought her home from the hospital. Fuzzy isn't all that fuzzy anymore, but my daughter still tucks him in her bag for sleepovers or overnight trips. She mentioned recently that she's getting too old for Fuzzy, and it almost broke my heart.