VTA Series: For the love of a stuffed animal


Jack with his precious ‘Dog’ (on the left). He’s carried him around since he was six months old.

Our house is overrun.

Everywhere I turn, there is another one. I think they come alive at night and by morning have multiplied by 10.

For years, we have tried to cut back. Then the kids get birthday money, and the only item in the store they have to have is another. stuffed. animal.

Their beds are full of them. When I go in to tuck them in, I have to search for the child in the pile. They sleep all twisted up in lions and tigers and bears plus a few mice and dolphins and owls. Oh My!

They fall out of the top of their closets. They spill out of special hammocks and containers. They even still go on long trips with us on occasion.

I get it. I mean, who doesn’t love to cuddle with an adorably cute, incredibly soft, never needs fed bunny?

But at what point can a mom say enough is enough? Maybe that is the point. I’m the mom. They are the kids. Who am I to take away something that gives them such joy?

The world is going to do that to them soon enough. For now, let them find all the peace and comfort they need tangled up in a fake fur pile. Let them give and get love from these crazy stuffed creatures.

Like the Skin Horse in the Velveteen Rabbit says, “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” Veveteen-Rabbit-400

Margery Williams’ story of The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless tale of a sick boy whose unconditional love for his stuffed rabbit magically turns his toy rabbit into a real rabbit.  Dayton’s own Zoot Theatre Company performs this beloved tale through delightful and unique puppets that is sure to bring the child out in all of us.

Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2014-2015 PNC Family Series presentation of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, featuring The Zoot Theatre Company Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the historic Victoria Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office, via phone (937) 228-3630 or online at www.ticketcenterstage.com.

In the spirit of the PNC Family Series presentation of the heartwarming play THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, Victoria Theatre Association is hosting a stuffed animal drive, benefitting the brave children who must spend the holidays at Dayton Children’s.

All stuffed animal donations must be new with the tags attached, in accordance with Dayton Children’s donation policy. Used stuffed animals will not be accepted. Here’s how you can help:

Designated collection boxes are located in the lobby of the Victoria Theatre PNC Family Series performances of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT as well as the Schuster Center’s Ludlow Street entrance. 


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