The saddest day of summer...

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Donkey with Teddy checking out the Capitol Building in Hartford

I have to interrupt this blog to tell a sad tale. June 23 was the best day of summer 2010 - of all of 2010 actually- by far. But it was also the worst day, because it was the day my travel companion ran away to the Alaskan wilderness. My stuffed animal, Donkey. I just don't know where he went. He was there in my hotel room when I left that morning. I know that for a fact because I sleep with him and had I left him on the plane the night before I would have noticed that right away. But he was gone that night. At first I figured he was tossed in with the laundry, of course I bothered housekeeping, the housekeeping supervisor and the front desk almost non-stop the rest of the time I was there. I tore apart the room no less than five times. But nothing.

Waiting for the train at DCA
It made so sense. This is why I convinced myself that he is like Woody or Buzz and chose to run away in Alaska rather than deal with the fact that I left him there alone to fend for himself! To this day (a year and half later) it still makes me sad to think about it. He was my Flat Stanley, my travel companion and my friend! He had a personality! Even though I created it, he still had one. I know it probably seems ridiculous to some to have gotten so upset because a stuffed animal, an object, was lost. It is ridiculous... Kinda. But if anyone in the world will understand, it's probably people here on TravBuddy.

A new Donkey appeared under my tree on Christmas morning of 2010. I'd like to think it was the same old Donkey, having trekked all the way to the North Pole from Anchorage and asked Santa for a ride home. He wasn't wearing his Denver t-shirt, but I gave him a sweatshirt that says Boston on it instead. I can't have my Donkey just running around naked!

sylviandavid says:
that is so sad..... glad you got a Christmas surprise
Posted on: Feb 28, 2012
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Waiting for the train at DCA
Waiting for the train at DCA
On a plane headed off on an advent…
On a plane headed off on an adven…
Washington DC
Washington DC
He always *was* a troublemaker!
He always *was* a troublemaker!
Hanging out at the Omaha zoo
Hanging out at the Omaha zoo
Packed up and ready to go!
Packed up and ready to go!
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