Tale Weaver’s Prompt #32 “The Velveteen Rabbit” – Jasper


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When Will was born I thought he would be the one to give Jasper to.

Jasper is my teddy, the one I had as a child, the one I have carried with me all these years.

When I was three I contracted Rheumatic Fever and my father came to the hospital one night with Jasper in a brown paper bag. He placed it in my bed to keep me company during the night.

The next day he came by the see me and saw that Jasper was still in my bed. I told him that I had woken up and found him in my bed, snuggled up against me.

‘He does that,’ my father said.

Jasper and I became inseparable. I carried him everywhere, slept with him and cared for him, as I am sure he did for me.

One day I noticed one of his eyes had fallen out. We searched everywhere but never found the lost eye. Mum offered to sew in two new ones but I said no, it would change his character and so Jasper became my one eyed teddy.

A few years later one of his arms was partially dislodged when my brother and I had a dispute over possession. Thankfully mum could sew a few stitches into his arm so it looked like he still had two, but I felt the repaired arm was more decoration than real.

I carried him with me through life and when we last moved my wife did remark about my penchant for hanging on to the past. I did point out that we were moving back to my family home purchased from my brothers and sister and she was more than happy for that to happen.

So today Will is also ill. Laid low by another of the bugs that’s appear to haunt small boys, high temp, cough, croaky voice, generally feeling very miserable and my heart goes out to him lying there in his bed looking for forlorn.

I place Jasper beside him as his drifts off into sleep hoping he will stay that way until morning.

I awaken to the sounds of not only the myriad of birds chirping in the trees outside but the sounds of my son chatting in his bed.

Venturing down the hallway I listen to his animated voice, interspersed with that long forgotten nasally twang I remember from so long ago.

I go to the room of Will’s room and look in at my son lying on his back with Jasper on his chest, the two looking intently at each other.

‘I see you’ve met jasper,’ I say as I enter

‘Yes daddy, he was here when I woke up. His arm was around my neck.’

‘Yes Will he does that.’

‘I love him daddy. What happened to his eye?’

And so I begin the tale of Jasper and how I came to have him.

I told my son that Jasper was his to love and care for as I had done.

Will listened and then breathed in deeply and said ‘Thanks Daddy, I’ll love and care for him.’

I smiled down at my son as he looked loving at his newly acquired teddy, the one eyed Jasper. I hope he would have the fun and adventures I did.

I somehow felt he would.

Will felt well enough to get up that morning, it wasn’t long and he was running around the house, Jasper under one arm showing him the lie of the house and where his toys were kept.

It was a wonderful day, so good to see my sick son well again and happy as well.

That night as I tucked him into bed and kissed him good night, he held Jasper close to his chest as he drifted off into a well-earned rest.

I looked at Jasper, the one eyed teddy who had been a part of my life for so long and saw his one eye blink at me.

Or was it a wink?

Written for: http://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/tale-weavers-prompt-32/

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34 Responses to Tale Weaver’s Prompt #32 “The Velveteen Rabbit” – Jasper

  1. julespaige says:

    You are a master at pulling at heart-strings.
    I really enjoyed reading every word.

  2. JackieP says:

    That was a very sweet story Michael. I’m sure that one eyed teddy will be well loved for many generations.

  3. Thank you Jackie, he will one hopes.

  4. A treasure – the story and the bear. I enjoyed that very much!

  5. Michael, this is so beautiful. The cherished possession of Jasper, what he brought to you and now to Will. Superbly written and yes pulled at heart strings this morning. Hugs.

  6. Gabriella says:

    Of course, he winked. You did not really doubt this, did you? I enjoyed this tale, Michael.

  7. It was like readig the Veleveteen Rabbit again with a nice sequel:) love this a lot|| save this for the grands…by the way, want to wish you a great trip, Michael, in case I miss saying it in time:) Travel safe.

  8. I agree with Jules you definitely know how to pull ones heart string, you had me reminiscing about my old stuffed bunny, lovely story XD

  9. Lyn says:

    This was truly beautiful, Michael. It certainly tugged at my heart strings. It would make a wonderful children’s storybook. My little dog Cally (my avatar), has a pastel multi-coloured rabbit with long floppy ears. She loves it with every bit of her puppy heart.

  10. Prajakta says:

    It is so simple and beautiful! 🙂 I love the way you weave a story that feels so real – like you are sharing a part of your life. Your spin has made me want to check out the original one.

  11. phylor says:

    Jasper would wink, of course. Jasper is a member of the family. One of those heart-warming stories that make me say aahh. Nice to read a story with a happy ending.

  12. My heart warmed and my lips upturned after reading your magnificent words. I wish all children no matter their age, from toddler to 120years could read this. They would cherish it. Thank you Michael.

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