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  • My name is Lion.
    I am a cuddly toy.
    I belong to Lucy and this is the story of one of my adventures.

    As a toy, sitting on a shelf in a shop
    you spend your days waiting,
    waiting,
    waiting,
    chatting with the other toys,
    waiting
    waiting
    until you are finally chosen.
    The day I was picked out by Lucy’s Mum,
    and put in the trolley,
    was one of the best in my life.

    Lucy was six months old when I become her favourite toy.
    She cuddled me. Hard, soft.
    She grabbed me. Hard, soft.
    She tried to eat me. Slobbering all over my lovely fur.
    She used me to fight off invisible enemies in her sleep.
    I was squeezed into corners of
    prams,
    cars,
    sofas,
    cots.
    It was wonderful.
    I was a truly loved toy.

    This was a busy day for Mum.
    She had her list of things to do:

    Post office – post letters
    Library – Return books
    Shopping – Fruit and Veg
    Bank – Pay bills


    Lucy got comfortable in her pram.
    I snuggled in next to her, squashed and squeezed.
    The letters, the books, the shopping bags and the bills were under the pram.

    Mum smiled at Lucy and got the list out of her bag.
    Post Office
    And off we went.

    When we got to the Post Office Mum had to post some letters.
    She quickly grabbed them from under the pram and put them in the big red post box.
    “Hello Lucy, do you want to see our new stamps today?” asked the Post Office Cashier.
    ”We have a very busy day today, I’m sorry we don’t have time.” said Mum.

    Lucy jostled in her pram. She wanted to see the new stamps
    and look at the people in the queue.

    Mum smiled at Lucy and got the list out of her bag.
    Library
    And off they went.

    When they got to the Library Mum had to return Lucy’s books.
    She quickly grabbed them from under the pram and gave them to the Librarian.
    “Hello Lucy, are you choosing some new books today?” asked the Librarian.
    “We have a very busy day today, I’m sorry we don’t have time” said Mum.

    Lucy jiggled in her pram. She wanted to choose some more books
    and look at the pictures.

    Mum smiled at Lucy and got the list out of her bag.
    Fruit and Veg shop
    And off they went.

    When they got to the Fruit and Veg shop Mum bought some tomatoes, apples and pears.
    She quickly put all the fruit and veg in the shopping bag under the pram.
    “Hello Lucy, do you want to try our new bananas today?” asked the Fruit and Veg lady.
    ”We have a very busy day today, I’m sorry we don’t have time.” said Mum.

    Lucy thrashed about in her pram. She wanted to try the bananas
    from the lady that smelt like oranges.

    Mum smiled at Lucy and got the list out of her bag.
    Bank
    And off they went.

    When they got to the Bank Mum had to pay the bills.
    She quickly got all the bills from under the pram.
    “Hello Lucy, would you like to swizzle in the big chair?” asked the Bank Manager.
    ”We have a very busy day today, I’m sorry we don’t have time.” said Mum.

    Lucy decided she had had enough and she cried.
    She cried and cried.
    Very loudly.
    The only thing that would calm her down would be a hug from me, but I was nowhere to be found.
    “Where has Lion gone?” asked Lucy’s Mum.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum searched the pram but I wasn’t there.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum searched the Bank but I wasn’t there.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum let Lucy swizzle in the chair to make her feel better.
    “Wasn’t that fun?” said the Bank Manager.
    But as soon as she got out of the chair she cried again,
    very loudly.

    A little upset Mum said
    “Thank you for your help Bank Manager,
    I was rushing so much I’ve lost Lucy’s Lion. I had better go back and look in
    the Fruit and Veg shop”

    Mum rushed back to the Fruit and Veg shop, but I wasn’t there.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum let Lucy try some banana to make her feel better.
    “Doesn’t that taste nice?” asked the Fruit and Veg lady.
    But as soon as she finished the banana she cried again,
    very loudly.

    A bit more upset Mum said
    “Thank you for your help Fruit and Veg lady
    I was rushing so much I’ve lost Lucy’s Lion. I had better go back and look in
    the Library.”

    Mum rushed back to the Library, but I wasn’t there.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum let Lucy choose a book to make her feel better.
    “That is a lovely book!” said the Librarian.
    But as soon as the book was put under the pram she cried again,
    very loudly.

    Getting very upset Mum said
    “Thank you for your help Librarian.
    I was rushing so much I’ve lost Lucy’s Lion. I had better go back and look in
    the Post Office.”

    Mum rushed back to the Post Office, but I wasn’t there.
    Lucy cried. Very loudly.

    Mum let Lucy look at the new stamps to make her feel better.
    “I think the colours are very pretty” said the Post Office Cashier.
    But as soon as she had finished looking she cried again,
    very loudly.

    Extremely upset and nearly crying Mum said
    “Thank you for your help Post Office Cashier,
    I was rushing so much I’ve lost Lucy’s Lion.
    I don’t know what to do!”

    Then the Postman came to collect the letters from the post box.
    Out tumbled all the letters and there,
    at the bottom of the pile,
    sad, cold and lonely was me.
    Lucy’s Lion.

    Lucy gave me a sticky, wet, tear filled hug and stopped crying.
    She was so happy to have me back that she gave a really, really big smile.

    I felt sooo happy! I didn’t like being in the dark post box at all.
    Mum had been rushing so much she hadn’t noticed that I had fallen under the pram and got mixed up with all the letters.

    Mum felt much better and brushed aside her tears.
    “My busy day has taken twice as long as normal as I have rushed so much!
    I lost Lion and upset Lucy.
    I promise not to rush ever again!”

    Although I am not sure how long that would last...
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