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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.


TheAnnoyingSatsuma Mon 26-Dec-11 08:55:00

Thanks Dustinthewind.

I <heart> MN smile

exoticfruits Mon 26-Dec-11 08:57:33

A lovely story-hopefully read by all those unhelpful people who said 'get over it' at the time.

Bloodymary Mon 26-Dec-11 08:58:31

Aww, I remember the original thread well.
Thanks so much for updating us.

And the way you reunited them was magical. Well done you. <<off to get a tissue>> smile

sweetsantababy Mon 26-Dec-11 08:59:57

Ahhh that is so lovley. smile

Livingwiththefamished Mon 26-Dec-11 09:00:36

What a lovely lovely ending. And I love the tale on the label. More watery eyes here too!

kitbit Mon 26-Dec-11 09:01:18


CheeseAndBunion Mon 26-Dec-11 09:07:12

Thanks DustintheWind. I should have thought to attach the thread. That is the one I started in Chat and Lost and Found, then a Mumsnetter called Cloudbase saw it and posted something in AIBU thinking it might get more traffic...

naturalbaby Mon 26-Dec-11 09:11:27

I love MN

XmasFayreToMiddlin Mon 26-Dec-11 09:18:14

I remember the original thread

I also remember trawling the internet with other MNers, looking for a suitable replacement

I am so, so pleased this has had a happy ending. smile


Hulababy Mon 26-Dec-11 09:22:37

How wonderful!

pigletmania Mon 26-Dec-11 09:25:24

Thats so wonderful, I am really chuffed for your little boy smile

RobinSparkles Mon 26-Dec-11 09:29:22

Aw, how lovely!

My DD1 is very attached to a cuddly cat. She would be devastated if anything happened to it and I would be too as I know how much she would miss it.

Your DS must be delighted to have his monkey back. What a lovely story smile

JinglingAllTheWay Mon 26-Dec-11 09:30:50

Lovely thread, so pleased stripes has been reunited smile

NorksAreMessy Mon 26-Dec-11 09:36:23

I love MumsNet

Thankyou for the update. The onions I have just been peeling were particularly strong

kerstina Mon 26-Dec-11 09:45:43

Had me in tears too. You could base a real childrens book on your story of monkey and get your mom to illustrate it if she is a painter.

Robotindisguise Mon 26-Dec-11 10:19:08

<bawls>. How utterly wonderful. Hooray for Mumsnet <sniff>

mountaingirl Mon 26-Dec-11 14:13:39

What a wonderful, heartwarming story cheeseandbunion. Your ds will never forget the return of Stripes. Well done to the Mumsnetters that helped in this quest.

BalloonTwister Mon 26-Dec-11 14:19:32

<sniffs> How lovely.

Thumbinnapuddingwitch Mon 26-Dec-11 15:03:47

OH I didn't think I'd blub as much as I did, reading this! I've just done a search for it to see what happened - and am so happy that it went well! What a wonderful way to deliver him back to your DS, and for your Dad too - ahhhhh!!

Tears running all down my face now, glad DH is in bed so can't see!
What a happy boy your DS must be now - and what wonderful MNers who sent you the monkey replacement!
hope you got the card from M in Australia to add to his scrapbook of "places Stripes visited". smile

I'm like grin this through the tears now...

TheMonster Mon 26-Dec-11 15:05:52

That's a lovely story smile

HarktheHelenMumsnetAngelsSing (MNHQ) Mon 26-Dec-11 15:09:48


iwantavuvezela Mon 26-Dec-11 15:32:07

Now that is a christmas story, love the stickman analogy ....... (furtively wipes tears .....)

HoneydragonAteCliffRichard Mon 26-Dec-11 15:35:12

<blows noses, dribbles snot over lap top>>

thegirlwithnoname Mon 26-Dec-11 15:44:03

What a lovely story, I am so pleased for you all. smile

bubby64 Mon 26-Dec-11 15:51:42

So lovely - I'm also in

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