Childhood Friends

When I was little, I had two safety blankets: my actual blanket, named Bee-kon, and my panda, Snowball. My mom threw away Bee-Kon when I was still a wee one (I’ll never forgive her) but Snowball has lasted through the ages. I’ve had her since I was two (possibly three), so now you all know where my panda obsession began. She was a get-well gift for my mom and was passed down to me. Family, friends, boyfriends and loves all know Snowball very well and accept the fact that I will never get rid of her. She has gotten discolored over the years but that’s quite alright; I still love her all the same.

I’m 25 but I’m still very much a child at heart – look at that pouty face. Some might find it weird that I’ve held onto a stuffed panda all my life, but who says growing up means letting go of the little things that bring us happiness? Now, if I was still walking around with my Bee-Kon and sucking my thumb…that might be a little different.

Do you have a childhood “safety blanket”?

Love love,
Keiko Lynn

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  1. somedaynewyorker says:

    Such cute photos. I love that dress. And yes. I still own basically all of my childhood stuffed animals. They are my little safety blankets.

  2. Taylor Kitto says:

    so cute!
    i love your makeup, as well

  3. Kiri says:

    I have my rag doll Katy. I got her when I was one, and she was from a thrift store so she's pretty old. I still like to keep her in my bed, she's comforting. However, she's falling apart and I'm not exactly sure how to fix her. The fabric on her neck is ripping and it's very difficult to sew.

    Adorable photos. πŸ˜€

  4. Anonymous says:

    I still have a stuffed pink polar bear with a faded nose that I've cherished since 3 or so πŸ™‚

  5. Lilji Love says:

    You are mosr definitely not alone in this one! I also have many a stuffed toy and a couple of dolls even from my childhood. Oh how I miss being a kid… xoxo

  6. Chelsea says:

    I had a teddy named Jonathan Bear. He was made out of an old wool blanket, I still have him even though he's missing an eye. I also have Rebecca Bunny who has definitely seen better days, but I'll never get rid of either. My mother knew better than to throw them out, shame she didn't have the same for my barbie camper van :'( haha!

  7. Ash says:

    I have a stuffed animal named Buddy. My parents got him at Expo 86 in Vancouver BC when I was 1. I sleep with him until this day. I will be 24 in 2 weeks. He is discolored, he no longer has ears, the paint on his face is worn out and faded (his face is plastic) and the box inside of him used to make a squeaky sound when you shook Buddy by the string on top of his head, which is also no longer there. My friends make fun of him. He is stitched up in every possible place. His head has fallen off several times. One time, I woke up in the morning and found Buddy in two pieces and cried until my mom was able to fix him (not recently, I was little)! My mom and my godmother would sew pennies into him when they stitched him up. I used to go to bed every night clinging to him because I thought my mom would come and take him in the middle of the night and hide him in a box in her closet. She never did. I can't sleep unless I know where he is. I love Buddy!


  8. Amber says:

    I have a stuffed dog and she is still in my bed.

    Nice photos by the way

  9. Catherine says:

    My little sister has a "Barney" balloon she was given by my grandad at age 5, when she got her tonsils out. My sister is now 18 so that balloon has lasted 13years! STILL inflated! faded a fair bit, hes more of a light pink than purple, but still alive all the same.

  10. Kass says:

    Your panda is cute, and I can completely relate! My father gave me a stuffed monkey when I was young..He worked nights and he told me that if I was scared to just look at monk-monk and know everything would be okay.

    I still have it!

  11. sarah says:

    How did you curl your hair like that? I like it! A tutorial, maybe?

  12. Di says:

    Remember the show Popples? I have one of those I've had forever, that I still sleep with. he's moved across the world with me and has had to withstand the mockery of many a boyfriend or friend, once he got called 'dishwater grey' – thats because he is old! I put him in the wash after that though. Lovely Popple. My baby brother tried to steal him when I was travelling and there was a brief period where a 3 year old and I weren't talking when I wanted him back upon my return… I love my popple he protects me from the nightmares.


  13. kelly ann says:

    i'm 22 and i still have my baby blanket. i took it to college with me and i'm pretty sure it brought me good luck. πŸ˜‰ i still wrap myself up in it at night… it's kind of starting to fall apart but i don't care, i still love it and it's still comforting to me. i will keep it forever!

  14. Helen says:

    i don't have anything that i still sleep with at night, but i do still have my teddy beddy. i got him when i was about 2 because i kept picking him up off the shelf and my mum would put him back but then i'd go and pick him up again! so she had to buy him for me hehe. i was a spoilt child who often had tantrums haha

  15. Linda says:

    I have a really old baby doll that has some fingers bitten off and my sister drew on the eyelids with pens. She lives on my bed at my moms house right now but as soon as we buy a house she is coming with me and living in the spare room. She came into the OR with me when I got my tonsils removed. They had a harder time removing the baby then they did the tonsils.

  16. Jamie says:

    I got a bear names Mevrouw Beer (transl: Miss Bear). My grandparents gave it to my sister but she liked another bear. The story goes that I 'stole' it from her and it was mine after that xD. So Miss Bear is 2 years older then me πŸ™‚

    And I don't think it's weird hanging on to something like that. It's a thing from your childhood, something sentimental. Some days ago I felt really bed and fell asleep with my bear in my arms πŸ™‚

  17. Jamie says:

    Oh and when my bear needed to be washed my parents told me Miss Bear went for a little sailing trip. Thinking back I really wonder how I could fall for that xD

  18. kim says:

    i'm about to turn 25 and i still have my Binky on my bed. its my baby blanket that was a gift when my mom brought me home from the hospital.

    weirdly, i left him at home during college, but when i moved into my own place i got REALLY homesick, so i brought him with me!

  19. Taylor Elise says:

    I have a little bear that wears a white dress with lace trim and a bonnet with a pink ribbon. Her name is Kate. My grandparents brought her to the hospital for me when I was born. She still sits on top of my dresser πŸ™‚

  20. A Stylized Hysteria says:

    First of all, you are so beautiful. I mean, WOW!

    I don't think I had many stuffed animals growing up, which explains why I turn into a little girl and start playing with them whenever I see one. But I do have a nasty, ratty old cardigan from 10 years ago that I still love and wear around the house.

  21. Jane says:

    I've got strawberry.
    my gran gave it to my sister some month before I was born, then my sister gave it to me. I had it ever since. and when I sleep somewhere else than home, I always take her with me. everyone knows her, some are frightened, because she's loved nearly to death and her eyes just disappeared years ago, she had lost arms and legs, which all were sewn on again. she reminds me of my lovey dovey childhood and she's my one true best friend…

    I've got a big obsession with strawberries and my favourite colour is red. so you see.^^

  22. Brigid says:

    Mine is a stuffed bear named Stich (yes, spelled like that). He has a snout like a raccoon, but he's lasted for about 24 out of my 25 years of life. He's still soft, too.

  23. geektastic says:

    i had a blanket as a child, too. i had one i kept until i was around 8 that never let go of. my mom threw it out on me one day when i wasn't looking because it was damaged by hurricane andrew and i was dead set on keeping the little patch i had left of it -.- she bought me a new one after i cried etc but it wasn't the same.

    after that, i kept a lot of stuffed animals on my bed. so many that i would fall out of my bed every once in a while D: i still have a bunny from when i was 1 that my grandmother gave me that i can't get rid of.

  24. anarolka says:

    I have a large piece of purple silk with hemmed edges that I got when I was three or four and used to wear as a cape or a mermaid tail as the mood would strike me, or sometimes it was a blanket to wrap up my dolls. Somehow I've still got it, and now I wear it as a scarf. It's not really meant for that and it doesn't drape right, but I don't care. It makes me happy, and luckily it's a really nice shade of purple.

  25. Diane says:

    i still have a teddy bear from when i was a little one named daisy bear. she's all discolored too! i don't sleep with her by my side anymore. actually, i don't even have her sitting out anymore…mostly because i'm afraid my dog will mistake it for one of his toys and distroy it

  26. vanessa says:

    Oh I love these pictures and your makeup! What a cute idea for a post too.

    I had a brown teddy bear named Brownie and a blanket with a ruffled edge named Lacy (how original I know). Whenever it was time for Lacy to get washed, it was the end of my world because I liked the way 'she' smelled. We always went to the beach every summer to a kite festival and one year you could sign your teddy bear up to parachute down onto the beach from a kite. Needless to say I was running around in circles about to have a heart attack picturing my bear falling into the ocean. Regret consumed me. But he was fine. I was a dramatic child I suppose.

  27. Teresa says:

    Yes, I had a snow seal that my grandmother bought me from a grocery store. Her name was Susie. I'm not really sure where she is now these days, but she was my best friend when I was younger. Never gave me a hard time and was always at my side.


  28. Erika says:

    Yes! First of all – I'm almost 30. I have a basket in our bedroom that hold all my childhood blankets. Of course I don't use them, but it's so nice to see them there. I also have a lot of my stuffed animals in a box somewhere hoping to give them to my own children someday.

  29. Katya says:

    I still have my stuffed bunny (named the Bun of E) even when I couldn't fit him in my suitcase to get to college half a country away my dad sent him in a box for me and now he sits on my bookshelf ^.^

  30. Keiko Lynn says:

    I love reading all of these!

    Di: I had a popples, too! I had a few, but my favorite was my punk rock popple. He had an earring in one ear and a guitar.

    Jamie: That's a creative way to say you're washing a bear. Going sailing. haha! I'll have to remember that.

    Diane: That's exactly why I stopped bringing Snowball to my mom's house. One of her dogs would eat her. But Miku knows not to mess with Snowball – she just cuddles with her.

    Vanessa: That was the cutest story. I had to read it out loud to Kim because I thought it was so cute!

  31. Amanda says:

    This is so cute! My son actually has the same security blankets (one being an actual blanket) and a panda bear stuffed animal. We were in Wal-Mart picking up a couple things and I passed by it and in an effort to entertain him he grabbed it from my hands and hasn't really let go too much since. It's his dance partner, his conversational buddy, he reads to him and just loves him.

    I still have my stuffed mouse "Bobby" in my closet and every now and then I take him out and give him a cuddle.

  32. michelle_ says:

    cute panda toydoll !
    i still have my security baby blanket πŸ™‚ its from ikea . my mom tried to get rid of it because it looks so ugly . but id totally be mad if she did ! πŸ™‚

  33. Jasmine says:

    Aw, I love your panda!! I have my Sandy Bear that I've had since the day I was born. I will never let her go.

  34. Mel says:

    How adorable! I still keep all my stuffed animals from my childhood (including all my Beanie Babies from when they were super popular), but I haven't seen them lately…they're around somewhere.

  35. clouds of tulle says:

    i use to have this little teddy bear that went everywhere with me! but i dunno what happened to it. very sad.

  36. Angela says:

    I, too, am 25, and I still have my favorite teddy bear. He, like Snowball, has matted fur and is pretty worn from years of love, but he still lives with me and it doesn't look like he'll be put out to pasture anytime soon. He even went to college with me. πŸ™‚

  37. Diana says:

    So cute! I've held onto several of my childhood stuffed animals too.

  38. katthroatworld says:

    haha.. i think we all have security blankets/things from our childhood that are hard to let go of.


  39. such a fine girl says:

    i'm 30 and still sleep with my security "blanket." he's a tiny stuffed chimpanzee and his name is Monk (so original, right?). he originally belonged to my brother (who is 6 years older than me), but i've had him since i was a wee one and refuse to let him go!

  40. Maria says:

    i'm 23 and i still sleep have my mr. pooh bear. i've had him since i was 6. the only time i've ever slept WITHOUT a stuffed animal is when i go on trips (due to limited space!). i also have a growing collection of stuffed animals during the 3 years i've been with my boyfriend.

    i'm glad that my bf accepts the fact that i still sleep with my stuffed animals and finds it cute πŸ™‚

  41. Maria says:

    oh and i forgot to mention… i still have a MAJORITY of all the stuffed animals i've collected since I was a child. i've reluctantly given the rest to less fortunate family. i also still remember all their names. hahaha.

  42. Jessica says:

    He's cute. I still have a stuffed animal from when I was one or two. His name is Katty (I was apparently not very imaginative) and he's a pink and orange cat like creature. He's very worn and i've had to sew up holes and restuff him but its totally been worth it. I really can't sleep without him. He's been to NYC, DC, and even Guadalajara.

  43. kasey says:

    I have fluffy a white rabbit stuffed animal i got when i was 4. Although she is no longer white, has lost hair pink and white pokadot ribbon around her neck and now only has one ear…She still sits on my bed every day however.

  44. Sharon says:

    Oh my! I have this white heart shaped pillow I got when I was six. Now it's more yellow than white, full of holes and slightly torn. Most people find it nasty, but I'm not letting it go.

  45. Joi says:

    Most definitely…

    the pillow I've had since I was little. I still hug it every night…hah.

  46. tieka says:

    I love this post! Now I'm inspired to do one like this with my teddy I've had since I was a little tot! So pretttty.
    selective potential

  47. Monochromachic says:

    these are such amazing close up shots of you:) you have the perfect skin and hair!anw,my childhood friend was this super old pillow that looked like a potato sack. i called it 'sack' (haha!) i loved it so much,i slept with it every night until I was 16. I left home to study abroad and when i got back for a vacation, it's gone cus' my mom threw it away :'(


  48. Kai says:

    d'awww how adorable πŸ˜€ I had millions of stuffed toys, but my favourite was a doll named Jellybean. I still have her years later but she's not exactly in good shape any more!

  49. Amanda says:

    The only constant in my turbulent life is a 2 foot high teddy bear I was given by my aunt when I was 1 1/2 years old. He sleeps next to me. Always. I'm 26, have been in steady relationships with others for the past 8 years and they are well aware that my teddy bear takes precedence. It's about comfort, and safety, and taking a moment for yourself cuddling up to it.

  50. Sarah Dee says:

    A panda bear that ive had since the day i was born. I have a severe panda obsession too!! When I showed up at college carrying my panda bear I thought people would laugh at me but im happy to say everyone has accepted it as just one of my cute quirks =)

  51. Kay says:

    Sorry to go off on a tangent but your hair is amazing! I would be so grateful if you could do a tutorial/explanation of how you style your hair in these photos! Thanks again!


  52. Erica says:

    I am also wondering how you get your hair like this! It's so pretty!! Love your blog πŸ™‚

  53. Tornangel012 says:

    I have a blanket that is older then I am. I stole it from my older brother who is 8 years my senoir. It's name is bluey, suffice to say it is now about 35 years old and I am 28 and no longer blue and very very transparant. I have a love of stuffed animals carried on from when I wasn't allowed to have pets at home, now I keep a tiny stuffed toy inside everyone of my purses.

  54. Lea's Suitcase says:

    my BF bought me a Panda from Ikea… and i love him too. My mom and dad told me that the vaccum ate my blanky when i was 6…secretly, they still had it πŸ™‚