We are still on vacation and on the road again. We were heading from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina to Wilhmington, North Carolina to visit my business partners, mentors and friends, Tanya Aliza and Cesar Rodriguez. While visiting with them, my daughter’s beloved stuffed bunny must have fallen out of the car and did not make the continued 200 mile trip to our friends house in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
We haven’t seen these friends in almost 2 years so the excitement when we arrived with the girls and their children was crazy. It wasn’t until we started getting bed times ready did we look and could not find BunBun anywhere.
Now we have no idea where BunBun came from but my daughter has had him for over 5 years. He is her first love and she never went anywhere without him. We started keeping him in the house so that we wouldn’t “lose” him but she sleeps with him every night so she needed him on this vacation. He was in the car with us as we moved.
When my husband and I realized we had lost BunBun we were so sad. Any parent who has seen their child love a stuffed animal with every ounce of her being understands the sadness. And then we had to tell her. This was going to be hard.
She was so upset, it broke our heart. My husband was thinking about driving back (200 miles) to see if he could find it. She cried, she mourned, she said she would never fall asleep again. BUT then she surprised us. She said she was sad but she was getting older and that she was okay to try and sleep tonight with her new doll from Santa. She never ceases to amaze me with her wisdom and her courage. She took a hard lesson and turned it around. She looked at the positive and moved forward.
I have said it many times, if we could learn more from our children we would be a much better world.
Imagine a time when something terrible happened (it can be anything) how did you act, respond, move forward. I know I have not always taken the route that my daughter took. I have willowed in my sadness, asked “why me” and stayed in that place for hours or even days/weeks.
We all have hardships, and maybe comparing my daughters lost BunBun to some of the other problems in the world is considered ridiculous but the emotion and the actions that go along with it are similar to those dealing with any hardship.
Let’s take this lesson my daughter had to learn and use it towards our own life and our own problems. Our kids can teach us so much and I will learn from them every single day.
If you live in the area or know anyone in the area, please keep an eye out for this little guy.
Here is a map of where we lost BunBun.
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