David – husband
Lane – wife
Little V – baby
Lovey Bunny – the baby’s comfort object since infancy circa 2010, a stuffed bunny head with a blanket for a body.
Ling Ling – Lane’s comfort object since infancy circa 1981, a stuffed panda bear with no face left after years of wear.
David and Lane lay together talking before bed. Little V sleeps soundly in the next room.
David: Sometimes when I’m on the road I get scared because I can’t remember how Little V feels in my arms.
Lane: Don’t be scared, you’re home now and she’s in her room sleeping. Like such a big girl, head on her pillow, Lovey Bunny in her arms. Getting her attached to that thing was one of the best parenting moves I’ve ever made.
David: Yea, good job…but what happens when we have to take it away from her at some point?
Lane: Why would we have to do that?
David: Because at some point doesn’t it just become weird?
Lane: :::long silence::: Well, I’m holding Ling Ling between my feet right now :::pulls up blanket to show Ling Ling clasped between her feet:::
David: :::awkward pause::: You’re really holding that thing in there like a chimpanzee would.