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Posted by Mummy Dearest on Jul-12-2010

When The Boy came home from school today, I had to break the news to him.

Boy, something terrible has happened.

He sat down.

Stinky, I continued, is in the washing machine.

He was visibly relieved, for he thought that Grandpa had died.

I explained what had happened :

On Mondays, I change his sheets. I stripped his bed and went up to the laundry room and started washing those sheets. I then got his clean sheets and went back to make his bed.

I had the sheets and blankets on and went to do the pillows. Usually, I put Sitnky on top of the stripped pillows, but Stinky wasn’t there. I raced up to the laundry room and peered into the window of the washing machine, I related, but it was too late, for the machine was full of water and I could see Stinky going around and around ( here I rolled my head around and around like a washing machine).

Do you think he’ll make it ? The Boy asked me.

I really don’t know, but he is yellow now.

Then he gave me a suspicious look and asked me : Is this one of those accidents on purpose ?

I drew myself up in my chair and said : I have been protecting that blanket for 15 years. I have smuggled this blanket to various foreign countries IN MY HAND LUGGAGE. I would NEVER hurt Stinky.

Then a friend of his appeared at the door, and the topic of the past and future of Stinky had to be dropped.

More Stinky posts :


Here ( my personal favorite Stinky post)




  1. Jill Said,

    Awww! I’m 33 and I have a blanket… Had it since I was born, a gift from my grandmother. She got it when her youngest was born, so my blanket is well over 50 years old now. My mother used to sneak it in the washing machine too, because it smelled like puppies (her words). I never knew what she meant until we went to pick up our Beagle pup and smelled him haha (OMG smelling like a puppy is NOT a compliment).

    Mine is also yellow, I always hated having my blanket washed. I wash it fairly regularly now (dust mite allergies). Well, what is left of it anyway… (I’m too embarrassed to take a picture of it, I considered throwing it out, but I just can’t. I’ll hang onto it till the last thread).

    They don’t make blankets like that anymore ;)

  2. Mummy Dearest Said,

    Stinky made it. He is actually 18 years old, one of those woven baby blankets. I really did not want to wash him again, because he is mostly unwoven. It really was an accident. He now has got some major strings knots going on, he doesn’t even look like a blanket, he hasn’t for years. I am hoping The Boy will not notice, but I actually haven’t really looked at Stinky for a long time, except to flop him on the pillow when I change sheets.. Maybe it is not that bad. Otherwise, I ll de-knot him tomorrow. Then again, maybe the knots are all that is holding him together !

  3. cindy Said,

    I had a blankie when I was little. I used to put it under my pillow in the morning for safe keeping. Turned out not to be a very safe place when I put it there in a hotel room in Boston while on vacation with my family. My mom told me she asked the hotel about it later, but no luck. I was probably about 7.

    Chris, 13.5, still has a puppy labrador beanie baby thing we got when he was 3 mos old. He can sleep without it now, but won’t part with it.

    Ryan, 10.5, has “Beary” an 11″ teddy bear that he sleeps with every night. Thoughts of anything bad happening to Beary will reduce Ryan to sobs.

    Meagan, 7.5, currently has “Ruby”, a bunny. She tends to flip around with her lovies. She’s not as firmly attached as Ryan. I’m quite confident Beary will be going to college with Ryan.

  4. Catherine Said,

    I love the argument about Stinky’s IQ!

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