If there is one thing that happens every single day in our house, it’s drawing. I get given a least 2 or 3 pictures every day and over the last 5 years, ever since Alice could hold a pencil in her hand its all she wants to do.
Gone now are the days where it was just a scribble on a piece of paper and as she lovingly hands it over telling me she has drawn a picture of me. I look down and pray that I don’t really look like that, when in fairness after a sleepless night I probably did!
Now I get drawings that she has spent more than 5 seconds doing, where she has thought about what she wants to draw, what colour she wants it to be and its easily recognisable.
But one thing that hasn’t changed is that I love the drawing that I’m handed no matter if it was the scribble one or the recognisable one. Because what does matter is that she loved doing it, she did it for mummy and I will love it anyway. (or though I may not keep them all!!)
Alice was recently challenged by Petplan Equine to draw her dream horse. There was no other rules than to let her imagination run wild and to draw the horse that she has always wanted.
I wasn’t surprised to see that Alice’s dream horse had a horn, which technically makes it a unicorn. Which I know would have been my dream when I was a child and probably just like hundreds of children. She sat for ages drawing it, deciding what colour it’s horn would be and what colour hair it would have.
Once she had finished she held it up and said this is my dream horse mummy and because she drew it just before Christmas she asked me if Father Christmas would be able to bring her one. Thankfully by this point we had already written the letter to Father Christmas when we visited Lapland UK and she knew it was too late. Telling me that was ok, there was always next year.
I didn’t tell Alice what was going to happen to her drawing of her dream horse and she quickly forgot all about it. That is until last week when we had a very exciting delivery.
Can you imagine what it must be like to be a 5 year old little girl who once drew her dream horse and then one day opens a bag to find that it had come to life? Well this is exactly what happened to Alice.
Her little face lit her when she saw what was inside the bag, instantly recognising it as the unicorn she drew. Because it is EXACTLY like her drawing. The colours of it’s hair are the same, the horn, everything is just as Alice had drawn.
Of course the first thing she had to do was give it a name. Now you are going to love the name, its the most original name for a unicorn. I give you…
Yes, we’re now the proud owners of Uni, the unicorn. Try and say that quickly. Uni is now a firm favourite in our house, Alice adores her.
Alice started to tell me how she was going to care and look after her horse, because it’s important that children learn that animals need love and care too. This is why I love working with companies that know how to care for them properly like horse insurance from Petplan Equine. I remind Alice that if we are to have a real pet again that it’s not just a toy, we must love and look after it.
There must be something quite magical as a 5 year old to have your drawing come to life, I can tell that Alice is a little taken back by this, she loves Uni just that little bit more than her other teddies. Because she made her, its everything that she wanted.
Every night since Uni arrived she has taken her to bed with her, a sure sign that she is now a well loved toy and has a made a little girl very happy.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Petplan Equine, all views, opinions and photos are my own.