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Do you remember the thread about my son's missing monkey? Well, I promised to let you know what happened Christmas Day...

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CheeseAndBunion Mon 26-Dec-11 08:32:08

...So it would seen unreasonable not to.

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.


fivegomadindorset Mon 26-Dec-11 08:34:29

YOu need to put a warning in your thread about needing tissues.

BastedTurkey Mon 26-Dec-11 08:34:36

<<sob>> how lovely

MrsSleepy Mon 26-Dec-11 08:35:04

Made me cry! What a lovely story

Grumpla Mon 26-Dec-11 08:36:10

Oh god you've made me cry already and I haven't even gotten out of bed yet. Damn you!

Akiram Mon 26-Dec-11 08:36:23

<wipes away a tear>
That is wonderful and somethingyour DS will remember forever. smile

ZuluWarrior Mon 26-Dec-11 08:36:40

Welling up. Absolutely wondeful. Merry Christmas!

ZuluWarrior Mon 26-Dec-11 08:37:10

Wonderful, obviously.

Canella Mon 26-Dec-11 08:38:45

I dont know you or the original story but i'm sat here with tears in my eyes. What a great Christmas story & what a fab mum you are.

fuzzypeach1750 Mon 26-Dec-11 08:39:13

Oh you've made me cry and I've just done my make up smile

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 26-Dec-11 08:40:28

Oh so sweet!

LoveInASnowyClimate Mon 26-Dec-11 08:41:42


That is so lovely.

Scarletbanner Mon 26-Dec-11 08:41:52

Sob. What a lovely story

Oh bugger! I hate crying, it makes my eyes go all baggy.

Trumpton Mon 26-Dec-11 08:43:59

My screen has gone all blurry. < Oh no. You didn't make me cry. No siree ! >

marriednotdead Mon 26-Dec-11 08:44:24

So delighted for you, this kind of loveliness is exactly what makes MN addictive brilliant <<sniffs noisily into pillow>>

McPhee Mon 26-Dec-11 08:45:11

I remember your story, I too was searching ebay etc for you. Reading this has made my day, what a lucky boy to have such a fabulous mummy.

<blows nose>

Merry Christmas.

Dustinthewind Mon 26-Dec-11 08:45:19

That's wonderful, and what an imaginative and lovely idea to write a letter explaining what had happened. Your DS is going to believe in the magic of Christmas for a long time.
Well done to all involved in the saga!

jubilee10 Mon 26-Dec-11 08:46:03

I remember your thread. I am so glad Stripes is "back".

tunnocksteacake Mon 26-Dec-11 08:46:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChildofIsis Mon 26-Dec-11 08:46:27

I remember your original thread.
What a wonderfull christmas for your family.

Another teary eyed poster!

TheAnnoyingSatsuma Mon 26-Dec-11 08:47:25


How long was he away?

SunshineOnARainyDay Mon 26-Dec-11 08:48:35

I read the original thread about Stripes so thank you for updating. Tears here too, how wonderful for your Dad and DS and I love the little note you attached to the stocking.

Haagendazs Mon 26-Dec-11 08:49:30

What a lovely story! Another one with tears in my eyes

Dustinthewind Mon 26-Dec-11 08:49:57

Two years!
Not forgotten.

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