Greg was not the only one looking for this You Are My Sunshine yellow elephant. Try as I might, I wasn’t able to locate one, or even a picture of one. But one of our readers, Janice, let me know there was one on eBay, and, after quite a bidding war, he won it!!
He posted this heart wrenching story as a comment on a previous search request here on Plush Memories, but I just couldn’t leave such a story buried in the comments!
This must have been some Elephant! My wonderful girlfriend, and soul mate, told me stories about her Elephant (which is identical to the one you’re looking for) She got hers from her father as she was torn from him arms in Saudi Arabia (she’s American) Her and her mother spent some time in Saudi custody before the American Embassy stepped in and had them sent back to America. The trauma was too much for her mother and my girlfriend was eventually put into an orphanage where she was separated from the only thing she had left to remember her family (her elephant). She got a letter when she was 15 telling her that her father in Saudi desperately wanted to come to her, but was killed in the process.
She cries when she talks about it, and she’s pretty much come to terms with the fact that she’ll never see him or her elephant again. If I can find an elephant like this one, my plan is to tie an engagement ring on a ribbon around it’s neck and give it to her. It’s very symbolic of “family” to her and I think would be the perfect way to tell her I want to spend forever with her and start a family with her. If anyone can help me locate this elephant it could help a beautiful young girl get some closure to a horrible childhood, and could help me give her a feeling of security for the future! Please help!
The elephant was yellow, had pink inside the ears, sang “You Are My Sunshine,” and the head softly moved while it was playing. I believe it was made by Eden. Thank you so very much!
Hopefully, Janice will check back to see if he won it, as I have no way to contact her. I’m sure Greg would want to send her a Thank You email, himself!!
I’ve asked Greg to tell us about how she reacts when he proposes to her with the Sunshine Elephant, and I’ll be adding to this post then.
Searching for a toy – Originally posted 08/16/2007