ART by ALBRON
THE SURPRISINGLY NON-CREEPY REASONS SO MANY ADULT MEN STILL SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL
Anyway, I have never slept with any of the bunnies, but I can totally understand how and why it is that people would want to keep their stuffed animals close or keep possessions that have no real apparent monetary value. I think that those items hold for them memories and have a special meaning that outbids any expensive trinket. I know that some people would think a teddy bear is just a teddy bear, but if someone has had that teddy bear for thirty years, that teddy bear is definitely part of his life.
All these objects hold a connection to parts of our lives that cannot be replaced. They were given to us by someone we love or care about and they function as some kind of anchor that ties us to a specific moment in time. And I think we should keep them. I am one of those people who does not like to keep too many things but that always ends up with a heap of things that people think are just 'stuff' but that mean something to me: the books someone gave me, the figurine I got when a friend took me to the MOCA, the records I got for my birthday in a tiny record shop in Wicker Park, the IKEA plant I rescued from a sure death in the AsIs section.... the list goes on and on.
All those things mean something to me and allow me to spice up my own environment with mementos that make this place mine. They make me feel comfortable after a shitty day at work or a brutal snowfall or a rainy Sunday or when things are just not working well. I think we all should keep a stuffed animal handy. Even if we don't sleep with it. Because if you sleep with it, you'd be a plushie. Not that there's anything wrong with that....