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I'm not sure if you'll all remember but a couple of months ago Crispface started a thread here in AIBU to try and help me track down a replacement for my 4 year old son's long lost stripey monkey. Hundreds of you joined in the search, and in the end two amazing Mumsnetters, Cloudbase and Sparrowfart, got in touch to say they had one. I know this isn't really a traditional AIBU but I promised to come back and update on the Xmas Day reunion - it wouldn't have happened without you all...
You might remember from my original posts that we are staying at my Parent's for Xmas. My Dad bought the original 'Stripes' for my son the day he was born so we figured reuniting 'Stripes' with my DS on Xmas day would make it special for them both. We wrapped the prodigal monkey and put him in his own stocking but he stayed hidden till after all the presents had been opened and lunch had been scoffed. Then sometime in between Happy Feet and Ratatouille I sneaked outside and put the stocking on the front door step. Back in the house, whilst we were all sat round and my DS was playing with my Dad, I said 'was that the front door?'. Given they're a bit cloth eared my Parent's didn't even question the fact that no-one had knocked and went to answer the door (my DS went running after to see who was there). There on the step was one little stocking, my son brought it in and I suggested he get Grandad to read the label out to him. So they sat in a chair and read and this is what it said...
'Dear DS, Do you know the story of 'Stick Man'? Well a bit like 'Stick Man' I got lost a long, long time ago and couldn't find my way home. I met lots of lovely people and had many adventures whilst searching to find my way back and then this year I bumped into Father Christmas. He said that if I helped him deliver all the toys to all the boys and all the girls he would bring me home to you this year on his sleigh. I'm so glad he did. You're my best friend and I have missed you very much. I'm happy to be home... Love 'Stripes' xxx
My Dad was in tears when my son unwrapped his missing monkey. My little boy is still bouncing off the walls with glee. He has not stopped squeezing 'Stripes' and telling us all how clever Father Christmas must be to have found him and how happy he is that he's back since. He went to bed last night with his prodigal monkey and slept for 12 happy hours with him clutched in his arms. You have all made him happier than you could possibly imagine and my Dad is still choked up talking about it now.
Thank you all. I am still touched by how many of you cared enough to respond to the original thread and our Christmas Day would not have had the same magic without you. If ever you are browsing threads and see the names 'Crispface', 'Cloudbase', or 'Sparrowfart' then please remember that they have hearts of gold and went out of their way to make a total stranger very happy.
Merry Christmas to you all from the CheeseandBunion family and Stripes! I hope all of you had great days too.
Glad to read about the happy ending. I've just been bored this am in bed and read the thread first in Lost and Found then clicked the link to AIBU and read all 10 pages. Got disappointed when the thread ended with no Christmas story and then searched for OP and found this thread. What a lovely ending.