Monday, July 18th, 2005
Security Blanket Blues
How long can a child stay attached to his security blanket? Try 36 years.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that any of the kids would still be carrying around a security blanket at the age of 36!”
Mother-of-five Bev Sykes from Davis, Calif. details her sage experience in her online diary (that’s what they called blogs before there were blogs; she’s been plugging away since 2000).
Her oldest grown son, Ned, still carries the tattered dog-chew-toy-looking remains of the blanket in his coat pocket.
“We went next door to the neighbors and asked if maybe they had found [an] old rag on their front lawn. The husband went to the garbage can, where he had been picking up lawn cuttings and…there it was. Ned’s ‘blanket.’ Crisis averted.”
Ned bonded with the blanket as a baby, and as a toddler obviously had an unhealthy attachment to it. So when Bev’s next son Paul was born, she hatched a plan. Use three blankets in Paul’s crib, rotating in a different blanket every night. Alas, Paul became attached to all three and insisted on carrying them with him wherever he went.