The Heartwarming Cuteness We Should All Experience Once

As I am no slave to age expectations, for my birthday, I chose to do Build-A-Bear, which I had never done before. Being a lifelong Pokemon fan and figuring that if nothing else I’d have a new Pokemon plushie on display in my room, I decided to take the plunge and give it a try. After all, if it was boring, I never had to do it again.

So I went about picking my plush, giving it a voice and picking the outfit. This and giving them a heart that is imbued with a bit of you is part of the experience, but there was something very uplifting about the experience. It sparked my inner child deeply and made me excited for my new friends, including printing their birth certificates.

I realize this experience (like most things in life) are not for everyone. But I highly recommend going about making a friend at least once. It felt so innocent and refreshing to be an eight-year-old for a few moments, getting to pick out the perfect pieces for my plush.

After the bad medical years I’ve had recently, this glimmering piece of childhood relived was a much-needed oasis.

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Nikki Flynn

Nikki Flynn

Writer of novels, short stories and audio fiction titles.