October 9 – Pink

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today’s photo challenge is Pink.

Pink is a great color.  My favorite pink is fuchsia – the very bright end of this color.  Soft pinks are nice too.  I especially love pink in the sky during a sunrise or sunset.

I decided on a photo of some favorite toys that are pink.

The one on the right was mine when I was a child.  She is a Bitty Bean doll and is very well-loved.  Ian calls her Baby Pink-Pink.  I played with her a lot and Ian is amazed that she is still in pretty good shape.

The stuffed lamb on the left is Lamby from Doc McStuffins.  Ian got her for Christmas last year, along with her friend Stuffy the Dragon. This fantastic show is about a girl who is a doctor for her toys.  She and the toys helped Ian learn to not be scared of going to the doctor.

The show also teaches the importance of friends and a support system through tough times and when you are sick. We like to play at our house and these toys are part of the fun.

The color pink is in one of the best lines of the fabulous movie Steel Magnolias.  Shelby says that “Pink is my signature color.”

Remember the church for the wedding? “It looks like it was hosed down with Pepto-Bismal,” one of the characters says.  Two colors of blush and bashful were used (at least I think that’s what they were called).

Pink is also a color that you see on a lot of ribbons in October.  This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The color for that is pink.

I have friends and family members who are cancer survivors.  These ladies rock.  They are inspiring and amazing in what they endured. Tough days, tough nights, painful and miserable treatments, and then finally a good report from the doctors. I sometimes wonder if I could have handled it as well as they did.

I have had a few mammograms and had tissue tested but so far no major problems.  What a relief.  But, I realize that if one day, the results aren’t what I want to hear, I will figure out a way through it with my faith, friends, and family.  After all, my friends and family who have had breast cancer are all great now.  That is some major comfort.

A pastor’s wife I know is a cancer survivor.  She has had the opportunity to share her faith and love and support with some women who she never would have known without going through her treatments.  I am so impressed that she took a truly awful thing in her life and made the best of it.

There are so many people who are stronger than they at first realize.  This fine woman is one of those people.  Not to say her journey wasn’t awful, but that she had some positives along with the negatives.

For anyone who has been given a diagnosis of cancer, please know that there is so much that can be done today.  It is something that can be curable.  And your loved ones will be there with you through the path.

One of the local news channels where I live holds a Buddy Check day on the 10th of every month.  They recommend that we do a self breast exam and remind a friend to do so too.  This is tomorrow.  Let’s remember to do our checks.

Toys, Go Stuffed

This is a line often said by Doc McStuffins to her toys when they are about to be seen as being real by her brother, her parents, or her friends.

This is one of Ian’s favorite shows, which airs on the Disney Channel.  He enjoys watching the adventures of Doc and her toys – Lamby, Stuffy, Chilly, and several others.  Doc takes care of them and other toys who get hurt or broken.

Not only is it fun seeing the bond they have, but also the show encourages children to not be scared of going to see the doctor, the doctor’s examination, or the doctor’s office.  Several lessons are being taught in a fun and entertaining way.

Lamby is a ballerina lamb who loves to cuddle.  Stuffy is a brave dragon who likes a good joke.  Chilly is a stuffed snowman who is always thinking he will melt.  They have grown on me and on Ian as well.

He plays the same way with his own toys.  They come to life for Ian and it is an amazing thing to see.  Ian has a few favorite buddies who are now constant companions.  Mouse the Mouse is currently his best stuffed friend.  They do almost everything together — like going to the potty, playing, and planning the day. And, Ian does a great job at making Mouse the Mouse talk.  He has a higher voice than Ian’s voice.

I am seeing his creativity and gift of storytelling expand each day by the interaction he has with his stuffed friends.  His imagination is amazing and inspiring.  The entire world is open to him to learn about and this is one small way he is learning.

In addition to Mouse the Mouse, one of Ian’s faves is his giraffe with a very short neck named Gerry.  Regarding Gerry, we discussed the fact that all of us are different, look very different and that it’s okay not to have to look or be a certain way.  Two other favorites are Baby Mickey and Big Mickey.  They too are helping him learn to take care of himself and others.

Mouse the Mouse is from the amazing “If You Take a Mouse to School” book series.  He is pictured above with his Santa hat on.   We took this picture as we started decorating for Christmas last weekend.

Seeing Ian play with his toys and his love for the Doc McStuffins show has made me think of an amazing book that was one of my friend Dawn’s favorites — The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.  I have been thinking about that story as I see Ian play with his toys that are alive in his eyes.

Do you remember this amazing book?   Here are a few of the most memorable lines:

“Real isn’t how you are made,”  said the Skin Horse.  “It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.  “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “Or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.  “You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Such love not only applies to toys in my opinion.  We can love each other that way too — unconditionally and without judgement.  Wouldn’t that be amazing if we could love the way that children love?

Toys are alive and well and truly loved in the Cates house.  I hope they are in yours as well!