Earlier this week was National Teddy Bear day, which got us reminiscing about our childhood "lovies" as some people call them. These are the stuffed animals or blankets that we just couldn't live without. They were often well-worn from all the love, hugs and snuggles we gave them when we were little.

JStew: I actually had two versions of this blanket. The original, my grandmother made for me right when I was born. And I pretty much destroyed it. Much the way most young boys destroy things. I would go to sleep at night, holding onto the ears as my little security clutch. By the time I was 12 or 13, I told my grandmother it was ruined, and  she actually made me another one. Obviously, this one didn't take the kind of abuse the first one did, evidenced by the fact I still have it. Even this one is well over 30 years old. A testament to how well made it is.


Jason Stewart
Jason Stewart

Cori: As you can see from the side-by-side pic, my special stuffed animal was this rabbit named "Flopsy" that I got for Easter when I was about 4. I slept with that thing every single night. I moved around a lot when I was a kid, and Flopsy was one of the only things that came with me, each time we moved. I would stick his squishy head right under my chin, like a little pillow, at night. It got so his face became almost triangular. I ended up loving his eyes off, and most of his fur, so I had to sew on a little gray jump suit over the worn parts. My sister once yanked his arm off during a fight. And as a punishment, my mom once threw him out the front door into the dark. I loved that bunny so much, that I ran out into the dark yard, bats swooping overhead and all, to retrieve him. He now lives in a protective plastic covering, so he won't completely disintegrate!

Cori Skall
Cori Skall

And while we were reminiscing, we got to wondering about your special stuffed toys and things. We asked you to reach out and let us know about your most special childhood treasure...the thing that brought you the most comfort--and puts a smile on your face when you think about it, all these many years later.

Here's what you had to say:

Sandra Lyn My Teddy Bear! My father bought it for me when I was 13yrs just after my brother and I moved in with him. And still to this day, 30 YEARS LATER, I cannot & will not sleep without it. Even when I was married 🐻🐻🐻

Wendy Clewley I loved my Alf doll,He is tucked away in my closet somewhere.😺

Cheryl McManus My favorite comfort was never a toy, it was always a book
Justin Choiniere I had a large furry lion that would “guard” me as I slept. Now my daughter has him!
Nancy Neu My parents got me a cat . He was my best friend. Abner. Remember the book about the cat. He live to be 16
Jason Lawler I had a stuffed alligator I named Alley. Was gonna give it to my kids when I had some at the time but it disappeared
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