Perhaps you were unaware, but today is officially "Special Blanket Day", or at least it is in preschool in our home town. Chloe was asked to bring a special blanket to class for share day and tell the class why it is so special.
Well, Chloe LOVES her blankets ("gankets" she still calls them). She has the green baby blanket(there's two of these, in case one gets dirty) that I bought while dreaming of her referral. She has the TWO blankets (one lavender and one green) that her grandmother knitted for her. She has the yellow knitted heart blanket that a dear co-worker made for her and gave to me as a shower gift. She has several soft fleece blankets that friends and family have made for her. She has quilts that I purchased from adoption-related auctions. And even though she was abundant with blankets, I recently purchased a personalized "taggie" blanket because she is alway fondling tags. She even asks me to put tags in the clothes that I make for her, right in front where she can get to them easier. Yes, she loves her blankets very much!
So, how were we to choose, between so many special blankets, which one to bring to share day? Suddenly, I remembered that there was one more blanket, so special that I hadn't even shown it to her yet. I am not sure what I was saving this blanket for but it just seemed that she already had so many, she didn't need another. Last night, I reached into her special "keepsake" China drawer (the one with her orphanage clothes and a gift from the staff) and removed a beautiful satin/silk blanket from China. We purchased two (one for Pearl) of them when we were in China adopting Chloe.
Chloe's face beamed a brilliant glow when she first laid eyes on her blanket from China. She was over-the-moon. She joyfully threw it on the floor and rolled around in it like a little puppy. It was so cute! She then proceeded to drag it throughout the house for the rest of the evening (good thing the floors were recently cleaned)and then she insisted on sleeping with it. During the night, it had fallen onto the floor and when she woke up this morning, she looked distressed and asked for her blanket.
Here are some pictures of Chloe and her blanket (red on one side and green on the other). I wish I could have been there in class to watch her share it. Too bad the best poses came out blurry.