|What is this creeping through the jungle grass? Could it be?????|
|A wild tiger and her 'tiger' kitten?|
In one box, I found a couple of old ratty holey quilts that my grandmother had used as a mattress padding. I had cut one apart to make pillows, angels or something long ago. In this same box I found the above animals that I hadn't seen in many years. I forgot that I had them. My same 'step-grandmother' had put them away for me when I grew too old for them. I don't have many items from my childhood. That is what happens when you have younger siblings- they tend to take over or destroy your possessions.
I loved cats and kittens when I was young (still do) and no one could find a stuffed cat toy in small town rural Oklahoma when I was a child-- so, they got the next best thing. A big stuffed tiger. Later the smaller one was added to my collection. I was about 3 or 4 the year that I got them. I loved them. The big one was the mama tiger; of course. The eyes have been loved off of the big one and the baby tiger only has one eye left.
I only had one other stuffed animal. I think someone made it for me. It was a black mop looking thing with long black yarn for hair sewed on. I think it was supposed to be a laying down dog? I seem to remember that the hair had a middle part and I spent a lot of time 'combing' it with my fingers to make the hair go in the right directions. I have no idea as to what happened to it?
I never had a Teddy Bear as a child. Sad, huh? Years later, one of my friends bought me a little teddy bear. I still have him. He sits on a shelf where my yarn/etc. is stored. I guess he is guarding the yarn?
The tigers have been sealed back into the box with the ratty old quilts. After all, they might get cold.