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27 July 2008 @ 07:30 pm
I am very upset with my mother.  
I walked over to her house for a little bit and as I was crossing the yard a splash of red caught my eye and I looked more closely and my heart just sank because I instantly recognized my stuffed Mickey Mouse Santa doll that I'd had since I was 16. I have carried it everywhere since then until I moved to Washington last year. I couldn't fit it in any of my bags so I asked mom to hold onto it for me. I couldn't believe it and I instantly started crying because that doll has meant so much to me for so many years. What I mean by that is that it was the first time that mom had ever gotten me a gift with some thought into what I would like and it carried me through some bad times with her later on, damn things been soaked in tears more times that I can count. He was far from being undamaged because part of his little string mouth was gone since H had pretty much chewed it off when he was a baby trying to give Mickey a kiss, but he still looked good for being with me for almost twenty years.

Mom told me it'd be okay to wash him on the gentle cycle but given his age and no telling how long he sat out on the ground in the rain... I'm scared to even attempt it.

It just breaks my heart that she didn't care enough to keep him safe for me. Though I shouldn't be surprised, my whole family thinks that my tendency to hold onto gifts for years is a bit strange.
moodswing: crushedcrushed
not, alas, hilary tamarhilarytamar on July 27th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. It sometimes seems like those things shouldn't hurt like that, but they do, they really do. I'm so sorry.

(As far as the recovery effort goes, a hair dryer on low-to-no heat might help with the short-term drying problem? I've unfortunately had to resort to a combination of that + waiting it out myself once or twice.)
Kazkazbaby on July 27th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm going to let him air dry out to see if there are any weak spots before using an old toothbrush and warm soapy water to clean him, and I'll try your suggestion with the hairdryer.

Thank you. *hugs*
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on July 27th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
When he air dries, try washing him with just the foam on from soap. That's usually worked for me when cleaning delicate and beloved toys.

Poor Santa Mouse.
Kaz: Comfort Me (John/Aeryn)kazbaby on July 27th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the advice because he really doesn't need to be 'wet' any more than he has been. I really appreciate it.

Poor Santa Mouse.

Funny how he lasted riding on Grayhound buses, airplains and cars through six states with me but its home that may have done him in. :(
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on July 27th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
It can be painfully slow going, and might take a couple tries to get the worst of it off. I usually have a washcloth handy to blot the areas I've gone over with the soap foam.

(Yes, I have a stuffed bear that I've had for my whole life. Noseless, chewed on, occasionally dropped places he shouldn't be. Now he wears one of Lillian's old onesies as protection.)
Kazkazbaby on July 27th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Santa Mickey used to wear the first shirt that H wore in the hospital but that's gone as well (long time before this incident).

Dolls like this always remind me of the Velveteen Rabbit so I get all wibbly about them.
Kernezelda: spn max too late for mekernezelda on July 27th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
That's so awful, Kaz. *hugs you tight*
Kaz: Cowboys Get The Blues (John)kazbaby on July 27th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs you back* Thanks, Kerne.
stlscapestlscape on July 27th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, Kaz. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mickey. If he's a washable toy, you might put him in a zippered pillow case and wash him in the washer on the delicate cycle. That's how I wash all my hand washables. {{{hugs}}}
Kazkazbaby on July 27th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
He's a stuffed toy, or plushie, but I was scared to try the washing machine with his age. Thank you. *hugs back*
pixieladykuwdora on July 27th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)

(check the before and after pictures, omg, amazing).

Kazkazbaby on July 27th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That is so neat! Thanks for showing that to me! :D
pixieladykuwdora on July 28th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I know what it's like to have a loved one like that. My teddy bear (his name is Yogi) has such worn fur that I can't even sew his head back onto his body because he'll just come apart at the seams again. I've been saving up money to send him to the teddy bear doctor for awhile now.
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Kaz: Comfort Me (John/Aeryn)kazbaby on July 27th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much hon.
Avenue Potteravenuepotter on July 27th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* I don't know anything about how to clean-up or restore plushes, otherwise I'd be jumping in here trying to give you helpful advice. Instead, all I can do is give you *hugs* *hugs* and more *hugs.*

But I totally I understand about holding on to stuff for a long time for sentimental reasons. I still have some seaweed I've preserved that Twenty-Four stuck down my bathing suit back in 1986 that I was planning to keep for the rest of my life, but now that I'm married to Fizvo. . .
Lee Edward McIlmoyle: How Are You?lee_in_limbo on July 27th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
A cyber-hug can't possibly make this better. However, it's all I've got at present. *hugs*