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Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)
TITLE: Stuffed Love
By Jan Ackerson
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Jennica reaches for Miss Meriwether Monkeyshines and rearranges her tail, then moves her to an entirely different spot, between LaLa the frog and a stuffed snake whose name I have forgotten. The entire back row is shifted a few inches toward the wall, then Crusty Dog joins them, after a brief adjustment to his collar. Jennica continues this game of silent arrangement and rearrangement for longer than I have the patience to watch.
A few days later, during an insane day of housecleaning and purging, I decide that Jennica has far too many friends cluttering her room. I ask the Princess to pick her favorites to keep, and tell her that the others will be taken somewhere to make another little girl happy. Jennica’s eyes widen in panic. She cannot pick her favorites; every one is dear to her, even those that are threadbare, stained, and coming unstuffed.
How blessed we are to be perched on God’s bed! He cannot bear to part with even one of His own, and he cherishes the threadbare and stained as much as the spotless and new.
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