Today I’ve got a bittersweet story about the night after Christmas.
It’s by James Stevenson, and he is also the illustrator. Teddy and Annie find themselves thrown out with the garbage after their owners get fancy new toys for Christmas.
They meet a very nice dog named Chauncey who offers them a place to stay.
Chauncey’s home isn’t fancy but it’s warm. Teddy and Annie try very hard to get used to it, but it’s a struggle. Teddy is sure that they can remake themselves into desirable toys, but Annie remains unconvinced.
One day Chauncey leaves and when he returns, says he has a special place for them.
He leaves them as a flood of children come out of the school, and when the crowd finally clears, Annie and Teddy are gone.
The story has a wonderful ending, but I’m sad kids would throw out their toys. Many times over the years I’ve wished I still had my My Little Ponies, my Strawberry Shortcake baby doll or other bits and pieces of my childhood. It’s nice to think that those toys may have found new homes just like Teddy and Annie.