Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Don't Underestimate the Comfort of a Stuffed Toy

Very often we forget the importance of touch to people of all ages and circumstances. It has been exactly one week my ex-husband was admitted to the hospital with a fast growing cancer. He has spent 4 days in the ICU with a very grim prognosis. 

A family can be uncertain how to comfort a loved one going through one of the most difficult times of their lives. My children found the perfect present. They came into the hospital room one evening with this charming, funny looking, soft Yoda stuffed toy and gave it to their father. The looks on all of their faces at finding such a loving bond is something I will always remember. Within moments I noticed their dad had instinctively held and entwined his fingers with Yoda's paws. Yoda is a constant comforting companion and only leaves his side during treatments. Yoda is able to hold his hand when we can't.

Everyone who comes in the room laughs and comments on Yoda. When things are so critical and serious in a room it is amazing how this stuffed toy totally can bring smiles and joy into darkness.
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