Everyone who has a child knows the bond that exists between children and their snuggle animal, cuddle blanket, or other soft and cozy object they keep to fend off the demons of their overworked and active imaginations. The “security blanket,” immortalized by the character Linus in the Peanuts comic strip is probably familiar to people everywhere. Some snuggle items are so beat up as to not even resemble the favorite animal they once were – they have been literally loved to death.
On the other end of the spectrum are the lost snuggle animals, those hapless toys that were misplaced and never to be found again. Sure, adults can try to replace these toys with similar items, but the child knows, the child knows deep down that something about the replacement is awry. Love, in this case, is definitely not blind. And the ensuing drama at home, the crying, the devastation of losing one’s “best friend” can be a nightmare for children and parents alike.
Three years ago, such was the fate of a small blue plush monkey called Ah-ah. On a family camping trip in Colorado, Ah-ah was somehow misplaced and could not be found. Imagine the chaos, the agony, of the child looking for his lost pet in the big, unfriendly woods. And, of course, the parents were beside themselves, doing what they could to find the monkey and set things to right.
But the family had no luck in their quest, at least not until the end of August of this year.
That’s when a serendipitous search on eBay reunited the blue monkey with its rightful owner. During a search for something else, the mom, who never forgot about Ah-ah, decided to try entering the phrase “blue monkey” into the eBay search bar. The inquiry returned this item, described as a 15″ Bright Blue LOVED Monkey Off White Face Bean Bag Feet Stuffed Animal Plush:
It was the very same blue monkey lost so many years ago. So she bought the item from the eBay seller 3651brian who runs the Lost Loves Toy Chest store on eBay. The seller acknowledges finding Ah-ah, and goes on to say: “I would love to help anyone who has lost a favorite toy or blanket. That is why I do this. I know first hand how losing something that special can be. I hope to be able to help.” What a nice way to make a living.
But back to Ah-ah and his reunion with his rightful owner. The moment was captured in a video, which speaks for itself:
But it is cool to think about how this last part, the searching on eBay, the finding, and the reunion, came about. It is amazing to think that just 17 years ago, neither eBay nor YouTube existed, and so this experience would be impossible.
As a friend of mine said, it appears you really can find anything on eBay, even your lost love.