There Are Some Things Money Can’t Buy… The World According to a Four-Year-Old

Do you have anything that has almost no material value but that you wouldn’t want to live without?

Since we live in our RV, I had to be careful to pare down these items, but several sentimental things might have slipped in at the last minute.

When my daughter Molly was young, her favorite stuffed animal was a Winnie the Pooh that has been passed down to her daughter.  As you can imagine, Pooh was pretty beat up after being Molly’s favorite bear and strangely enough, even though he isn’t beautiful (studly?) he is Piper’s can’t do without toy as well.

In fact, when Molly told Piper that her toys had to stay upstairs she said, “Pooh’s not a toy…he’s a friend!” Hard to argue with that logic.

Sadly, though, in recent weeks Piper has developed the bad habit of picking at what remains of Pooh’s fur as she goes to sleep. This is quickly on its way to becoming a catastrophe which is what prompted Molly to write to a restoration service.  She was hoping that “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” could put Winnie-the-Pooh back together again.

This is the “well loved” Pooh.

Their reply so tickled me that I had to share it. Here it is in part…

“Thank you for your inquiry to my stuffed animal hospital regarding Pooh Bear.  It does look like Pooh has had quite a few adventures!  There are a few options for his care:

  1. I can stitch any holes and otherwise leave him alone.

This keeps him looking as he is but does not make him much sturdier.  It is my minimum charge of $35 and takes about a week.

  1. I can give him fur transplants where he is balding, which is a sturdier solution, but leaves a bit of a patchwork effect.

However, it would not slow future balding of the original fur.  It is $150 and takes about 3 weeks.

  1. I can recover him in new fur, leaving his original eyes, nose and mouth exposed.

His original fur would still be underneath, reinforcing his old fur.  I would get as close as possible to his original fur color and texture.  Perfect matches are rarely possible, but if that were the case I would send photos of him with transplant options so you could choose what you’d like best.  This is $250 and takes about a month.

With any of the above options, you may add our gentle spa if you’d like. 

The spa includes hand washing, air drying inside under skylights, all new stuffing, and hand fluffing of fur.  If you’d like, a small amount of original fur may be preserved in a heart in his chest.  The spa is $50 more with any option above and would extend his stay by 1-2 weeks.”

Where do I start?

She talks of stitching him up, bald spots, transplant options and spa treatments. Are we talking about a person or a stuffed animal? Oh my! 

For $300 we could buy Piper a wagon load of new Pooh bears! I must say, I did respond maturely to Molly, telling her if she pays for a spa day for anyone, it better be her mother!

What’s my point here?

Obviously, this woman would not have a business if people weren’t willing to pay a lot of money to restore things that don’t have much material value but are “priceless.”

So, I joke about it, but think it’s cool that there are enough people who understand and treasure “the least of these” to keep businesses like this one going.