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Day 98: For the love of teddy !


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As I was shopping for my groceries today, I saw a little girl, probably between 4 and 6 years of age walking with her teddy bear. She looked adorable and so did the teddy bear. It was off-white and was very cute and it looked cuter in her hands. In fact, I tried looking around for that kind of teddy bear in the store :). It also led to me think about how we (adults and kids) we love stuffed animals. Yeah, some are really attached to theirs that they want to collect it and a few others just like it and probably don't collect it. I confess that I do have a few in my collection. So, why do people love it even after they grow up. If we pause and reflect, we can see how human beings attach meanings to products (and goods). Each product means different things to different people. They are symbolic and have special meanings to people. People buy them not just for their functionality of the product but also the symbolic meanings they associate to it. Stuffed animals are also like that. The sense of feeling a 'cuteness' to that wild animal toy is very symbolic to sometimes, security, nostalgia, a sense of belongingness and what not! The fact that we love to cuddle a grizzly bear or the ferocious tiger and lion, or the giant gorillas when in reality, we will probably never dare to ever get near these wild beings indicate how we associate a different meaning to such objects. Every culture has its specific stuffed animal, sometimes very soft and cuddly, sometimes made of wicker, or sometimes the rag dolls. It does not matter what kind of stuffed animals people own, it is all about the unique stories they can tell you and the different ways they can make you smile.  Share your love (or not so much) for stuffed animals! 
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