As you may or may not know, I have a security blanket. Her name is Blankety. Yes she is a she and no she does not like to be called Blankie.
Blankety is 36 years old. That is very old in security-blanket years.
I made that same joke in a 2013 blog, but I’m banking on you not remembering it.
Over the years she has started to show the wear and tear that anyone would show if someone slept on top of them every night. The more worn out she gets, the less I wash her.
And before or while you’re saying eeew, if someone told you the Notorious RBG would live longer if she stopped showering, tell me you wouldn’t go take away her soap.
For awhile I washed Blankety every year or so give or take a year. I washed her right before BB was born. And since then, by nothing short of a miracle, she has stayed free from spit-up, vomit and all other bodily fluids that have spewed out of my child.
We’re going on 3 years since the last wash. That may be a record. I’m more and more concerned that she has very few washes left in her.
My mom and I have mended her many times. The issue now is that she’s disappearing. The material is fading away before my very eyes. It’s hard to say how mending can help her.
I also have a blanket we wrapped Angel Baby in. It wasn’t really a conscious decision, but the night she died, I snuggled that blanket right up to Blankety and they haven’t been parted since. I don’t need AB’s blanket quite the same way as I need Blankety, but when I was trying to pack as light as possible to go to DC, I left a big empty spot in my rolling suitcase.
I tell my therapist,
“Looks like I’m going to travel with both blankets.”
“Sounds totally fine. You’re not hurting anyone.”
No I’m not. But I’ve just doubled the number of blankets I need and refuse to wash.