I don’t know about you, but all three of my kids had, at some point, a special toy that they hung on to constantly. My son is especially attached to his “lovie,” and while I know he’ll grow out of it, we are careful not to misplace it, because he will go on meltdown mode if he doesn’t have it at nap time. So I feel for the family of 2-year-old Daisy Young, whose stuffed best buddie went missing during a shopping trip in Croydon, South London three weeks ago.
Daisy’s mom, Hayley Sworn (which sounds like the most awesome superhero name ever) didn’t notice the toy was missing until the two returned home. By that time she figured there was no way to find it, and was worried about breaking it to her toddler.
Shockingly, a press officer named Bryony Merritt, had actually found the toy in a Croydon parking lot. When she noticed the “daisy” name tag, she decided to post a photo of the bunny on a Croydon-relatedTwitter account, hoping to find its owner. That post received over 50,000 likes in a matter of two weeks, eventually being forwarded to Lostbox, a site that uses social media as a lost and found service. The post eventually got the attention of one of Hayley’s friends, who passed it along. Hayley was ecstatic to have her daughter’s beloved toy home safe:
“We didn’t think we would ever get it back. Daisy has a tendency to throw things and we’d obviously missed that she’d thrown it. It’s very treasured and it goes everywhere with her. We just planned to buy her another one.”
Bryony was kind enough to send the toy back to Daisy via the mail, and even included a note to Daisy explaining the bunny’s absence:
“Dear Daisy. Here is your bunny – home safe and sound. We had a lovely time together – walks in the woods, jumping competitions etc. But Bunny missed you and wanted to come home.”
I just love these stories, they really enforce for me the idea of “it takes a village.”
*Apparently this kind of thing happens A LOT. I”m not SAYING there is a conspiracy in the UK to steal you bunnies, but ya know…*