Thursday, March 17, 2011

A love story

He wasn't what you would call handsome. His head was too big, a bit too round. His ears were large. He had an odd fashion sense, always seen sporting red and blue overalls (minus the straps) straight from a country farm. And he was perpetually dirty.

I was just a little kid from Tennessee. I did not care about his clothes. I overlooked his bulky head and his desperate need for a bubble bath.

I loved him.

I loved him because he was the strong silent type. Always ready to listen and never one to talk back. If I needed a hug, he was there. If I wanted to play pretend, he was there. He was an ever-present friend in my childhood years.
I was in love with... a monkey.

His name, one you might guess from a 4-year old mind, was Monk.

Monk was my trusted and true friend. He traveled everywhere I did and racked up a ton of miles on those fuzzy little legs.

Monk is the one childhood item I could not bear to leave. Yes, he has been tied up in a white plastic bag on a top shelf in the closet, but he is still here. He survived the transition into my grown-up home.

We had a long-awaited reunion last night.

World, meet Monk. He's still funny-looking. He's still dirty.

And he is awesome.

Another post inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop!
(Prompt: A love story)


Melissa said...Best Blogger Tips

He is adorable! I had a monkey for years that was my security....thank you Hurricane Ivan for snatching that from me!!

Dafeenah said...Best Blogger Tips

How cute! I had a little pony named Misty but she didn't survive the grown up years.

stopping by from mama kat's

Jen said...Best Blogger Tips

Aw, how cute. I had a dolphin growing up and I too still have him. :)

baby clothes said...Best Blogger Tips

I could still remember I use to have a teny bear when I was a child.

Georgia Girls said...Best Blogger Tips

He's very dapper :) Cute post! I didn't have a stuffed animal attachment growing up, but my granddaughter has her "little puppy". It's a very intimate friendship.

Jenna said...Best Blogger Tips

my five year old has a LOT of monkeys. One day, she's going to write about one of them with this kind of tenderness :) Im so glad I got to read this! linked up from mamakats.

Karen and Gerard said...Best Blogger Tips

That's wonderful you still have Monk! A friend of mine also has her trusted monkey friend from her childhood too. My husband had a monkey named Zippy when he was a kid that was his good buddy but he doesn't know what happened to him.

Stopping by from writer's workshop. Here's links to mine if you get a chance to visit: and

Leigh Anne said...Best Blogger Tips

Hello Monk!! That is precious!

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