JournalismPakistan.com November 17, 2013
My grand-daughter is three and last week Naya decided she wanted to stay the night with us. It was all great till it came time for bed and she could not find Detok.
Detok, by the way is a stuffed toy of indeterminate origin, a bit of a teddy, some elephant and rabbit mixed in. But he rules the roost. Without Detok next to her she would not settle down so we had to drive her home.
We all have our childhood Detoks. Like Linus and his security blanket. Mine was a plastic confederate army soldier with the bent bayonet. Why a confederate soldier, I have no idea. But he was four inches high and he would lie next to my pillow and be my guardian for the night so the monsters would not come.
My daughters had rainbow teddies called Casper and Coco and when they went to college in the States and Canada, they took the toys with them. Not at all a tenuous link to home. They were bridges of comfort. Casper got left behind in the US and had to be reunited 11 years later courtesy Fedex. My sons in law had a sausage pillow and a little Snoopy dog as kids. They still have them.
Amazing, isn’t it, how people buy you the most expensive gifts when you are children and your best ‘friend’ is a dog eared stuffed toy with the seams torn and a little stuffing showing and one eye loose and yet, you have bonded. Sometimes life is like that…you bond with the most unlikely.
Who is your Detok?
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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