Growing up with Doe-Dee
When I was born I was given my first friend, a toy pig called Doe-Dee.
When I was one I learnt to walk. It’s not easy when you like being carried around but Doe-Dee and I talked about it and we decided it was best I had my hands free to carry him. I did not want to hurt her feelings but Doe-Dee was a bit lazy in wanting to be carried all the time.
When I was two, I learnt to talk. It was easier to have conversations with Doe-Dee. I did not want to hurt her feelings but Pigs should learn to be quiet sometimes as she talked too much and I had important things to say.
When I was three I went to nursery. I made more friends but none of them were as much fun as Doe-Dee. Also Doe-Dee did not feel the need to bit me. I did not want to hurt her feelings but Pigs were not allowed at my Nursery.
When I was four I went to school. All day away from Doe-Dee was hard. I did not want to hurt her feelings so tried to smuggle her into school but she made such a mess in the sandpit that she had to stay at home.
When I was five I went to Gymnastic classes. I jumped and ran around and learnt my routines. At home I practised with Doe-Dee and she was so encouraging. But she kept wanting to wear my costume. I did not want to hurt her feelings but Pigs should not wear leotards.
When I was six I went on holiday, we nearly left Doe-Dee behind but I found him in my suitcase. I do think about how she got there. I do know she was not willing to miss out. I did not want to hurt her feelings but Pigs should not wear swimsuits.
When I was seven I joined a guide troop. We had a camp and everyone brought their “friends”, but Doe-Dee was the most admired. She would not go to sleep and encouraged us to have a midnight feast. I did not want to hurt her feelings but I was glad to be at home so I could get to sleep.
When I was eight I had a special birthday party. I’m not sure when Doe-Dee’s birthday is but I’m happy to share my party. I did not want to hurt her feelings but I’m not happy about sharing my cake.
When I was nine I changed school. It was a hard time not knowing anyone but until I made new school friends Doe-Dee was there for me each afternoon to cuddle up to. I know she did not want to hurt my feelings so she stayed close when I needed her.
Now I’m ten I was not sure if I needed Doe-Dee. She’s only 20cm tall, Made of Cotton and wool. Her pinkness has faded and her fur has worn away, But to me she’s my friend and I’ll need her forever.