A stuffed cat. A sock puppet. A small little Squinkie. A face drawn on an index finger. I'm talking traveling buddies. Mentioned in the little write-up about going to the dentist, these little guys come with Kiddo as she heads around town or to school or just to a playdate.
Traveling buddies often talk...in funny high-pitched voices and many are totally, 100% in love with our city. They love everything about it and comment as such. I love seeing how Kiddo creates their viewpoint, their opinions, their feelings...and it is hilarious and sweet all at the same time.
Don't ask me how or why the traveling buddies got started. I think she first took one when she started preschool, a little buddy to ease any nerves, refocus her anxious feelings to okay ones. Now it has become a bit of a fun thing we do each morning for school. The buddy du jour gets tucked into the backpack before we enter the school's doors.
The only rule about traveling buddies is they must be pretty small, and there is one who is never a travelling buddy: Blankie, her main comfort and lovie. Too precious to be trotted around the city. Blankie stays home.
Do your kids take along traveling buddies sometimes?