My three kids were blanky babies. No pacifiers. No thumb-sucking. The little Winnie the Pooh blankets, fairy tale quilts and yellow woven blankies went everywhere with us. When we left one behind at my sister’s place, my nephew, a former blanky baby, sent it back to us Federal Express. He knew the value of a good blanky.
When the silky tag on one and the silver edging on another fell apart, I sewed them back together. Those toddler-size sleep aids gave way to comforters that traveled everywhere, and outlasted mattresses. My daughter’s Minnie Mouse comforter still sits on the rec room futon in the basement, and she hasn’t lived here more than a few months at a time in six years. I’ll give Disney credit — it still looks good. I remember when I ordered that big blanky from a JC Penney catalog. My dad picked it up and delivered it to one very happy little girl more than 15 years ago.
My sons did their room in cheetahs. And sports, but cheetahs came first. I had found some really cool cheetah comforters from a catalog. In all the travels my doctor of physical therapy son made over the past seven years, he retained the cheetah until its tattered jungle motif was so faded, we laid it to rest. My youngest son gave his to his girlfriend.
We are a lot like cartoon character Linus van Pelt in the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz.
I knew there would be some research on this cozy topic, so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia, at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Richard H. Passman and his associates discovered that security blankets do give security to children who use them. Kids learn to comfort themselves, adapt to new situations, and more. It worked for all of my kids. They aren’t so attached to blankets anymore, but we do seem to be leaning toward collections — two kids have a lot of shoes, and one has a lot of hats.
Maybe these are security shoes and hats.
Pam Parker is the mom of three, stepmom of three, gramPam to one and editor of the award-winning Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.