I've picked her for Tara's Gallery prompt which this week is Creatures. I had a really fab pic of a snake sticking its forked tongue out and one of some cute baby meerkats from our recent trip to Tropical World in Leeds. I pondered posting them and then thought of a creature closer to home - not quite as exotic, but very well loved.
Sno is not O's toy - she's mine. She was given to me by Glamorous Friend when I was poorly and is one of those toys that is supposed to go in the microwave and heat up and soothe all aches and pains. Sno once smelt sweetly of lavender - I fear she does not smell as sweetly now.
I am not ashamed to say that Sno sleeps in my bed - she is very comforting and I often wake up with my head on top of her squishy tummy. O adores Sno, but is constantly mean to her and over the two years we've had her, he has created some cruel and unusual punishments for this long-suffering bear. She has:
- been thrown into red-hot lava (the bedroom floor)
- mashed in the Special Machine (a cardboard box with a poster tube acting as the masher)
- endured a particular torture known as 'World Squeeze-Nose' which kind of explains itself
- been trapped in an underground pit in a cage (under O's bed in a shoebox)
- denied food and water and been put in an aeroplane to Australia where it is 'far too hot for polar bears'
He can be tender with Sno too, feeding her imaginary fish and wrapping her up in a muslin so she can be a baby. However, these softer moments are few and far between and Sno is usually hurled around in the air and sat on and forced by O to "smell my bottom, Sno!"
This morning ritual of Sno abuse has become a favourite game of O's, something to start the day off properly. If it is a work day or he's slept in and I'm up before him, we can have hot tears and wailing at the prospect of no 'Pups and Sno' show. It really is part of our day - even though my eyes are still closed when I have to 'do Sno' and I long for peace and quiet, I think I'll miss it too when O decides he's too big to play. One day it'll be just me and Sno and no World Squeeze-Nose in sight...