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Our favourite toys 7: Peter Rabbit

Posted Mar 23 2010 12:42pm

Peter Rabbit
Interestingly, I never read any Beatrix Potter when younger, but Peter Rabbit was my loyal companion. 

He put up with a lot. I bit out his glass eyes, his nose fell off, then a leg or two, and then his head. My grandma lovingly sewed him back together each time. And I cuddled and cuddled and cuddled him, until his fur fell off. Only the inside of his left ear escaped, reminding me of how soft he must have been before my memories of him formed. 

He went everywhere with me, secreted away on childhood holidays to Wales, Guide camp, university, a move to London, a move out of London. When I was younger, I believed he led his own life when I was safely asleep - attending parties, meeting Enid Blyton (not Beatrix Potter!), and having adventures; perhaps I still believe this. 

He now sits on my bookcase, well away from my small son’s grasp. He is only mine to misuse and cuddle and love.

Many thanks to Rachael Litherland

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