One of our readers sent me this story about what they did when her daughter’s lovey was lost.
We went through the agony of a lost lovey in 1989, when our middle daughter, then 2, lost her beloved pink Bunny. We were on vacation at a Texas dude ranch and Bunny was absolutely filthy. At the end of the trip we shopped in Fredricksburg, TX, and somehow Bunny got lost between visits to two stores. We noticed he was gone immediately. We asked people, dug through trash bins, and I called stores for a week….no Bunny. The trip home broke our hearts as Sarah cried hysterically all 5 hours for Bunny.
Immediately upon arriving home, I hopped back in the car, drove to a fabric store, and brought home all the materials to make a new Bunny as close to the lost one as possible. Although I didn’t finish new Bunny that day, our daughter slept that night with his head. She, and we, got over it and her replacement Bunny has slept with her every night since.
She is now 20, a college senior, and Bunny continues to be her sleep time companion. For me, the quest for finding Bunny 1 faded gradually; I held out hope longer than was logical. For Sarah, she loved Bunny 2 from the get-go.
If you can’t find your child’s lovey, maybe you can try to recreate it with fabric as we did. True, it won’t be identical, but I look at it this way: our children aren’t identical and still we love them all. May it be this way with your kids and their loveys.