Thursday, October 9, 2008

Show & Tell: Barbara Manatee...

Show and Tell
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My kids were raised on Veggie Tales videos, we collected them for Sunday viewing.

One year (I always tried to find FIVE different similar things to buy for holidays, since we had five at home), I found five different animal shaped pillows. The manatee was for my oldest, he thought he was too old, and gave it back to me. EVERYONE fought over this pillow because it was always in the living room (they didn't want to go all the way to their rooms and find their pillows).
THEN Veggie Tales had a 'Barbara Manatee' song!

The 'just a stuffed pillow' became 'Barbara'!!!
{modeling here with my Sisi}

When someone was sick, there was Barbara,
When someone's pillow went missing, there was Barbara,
When someone was silly, there was Barbara!
When my step-son (Mike) was visiting his birth-mom, we stayed by the phone in case something went wrong and he called. Barbara and Mike's favorite blanket were located in case a quick trip was needed.
(thank goodness it never was, BUT Barbara was ready!)

Then when we had an eight year old foster-son, who suddenly got scared at bedtime, it was Mike that handed over Barbara. Later I bought each foster-son their own animal shaped pillow, but when they left, it was Barbara they wanted (actually they fought over her constantly, and she stayed with me:).

Barbara is old now, and still loved by all. Barbara should be on the couch, but a quick check shows she is right where she BELONGS, in Mike (20yo) and Taylor's (18 yo) room.

"Barbara Manatee, you are the one for me
Sent from up above
You are the one I love!!!"


Veggie Tales : Barbra Manatee - The best free videos are right here

34 comments:

Jan and Tom's Place said...

What an adorable story about kids and Barbara!!!

~Blessings,
Jan

RhondaLue said...

That's so cute! Love the video...I've never actually see a veggie tales video before! lol (But I've watched more than my share of Barney and Dora and Diego!)

That's so cool that it's one of those comfort items that's always around!

diadsie said...

It's the Velveteen Manatee! What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing.

Devita said...

ahahaha... that's cute!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Carla, what a cute thing to show for Show and Tell Friday.

Hootin' Anni said...

Awwwwwwwwww, this melts my heart!!! I loved being here this morning. Your show n tell just made my day begin with smiles! Thank you.

My show and tell is posted now. Come by if you can find time. See you there! Happy Friday, happy show n tell day.

Grammy said...

Hi Carla, How are you today I enjoyed your post, what a great pillow.

Chez Nous said...

What a great Show & Tell. My daughter loved Veggie Tales when she was younger (actually, she still breaks out the DVDs from time to time!). We had the tomato and cucumber stuff toys but I love Barbara.

Chez Nous said...

Ugh! I just cannot type this morning - that's "stuffED" toys!

Betty said...

Carla,
Everyone needs a 'Barbara' for comfort and when bad times come along.....I enjoyed my visit...

Thank you for dropping by to visit with me...please come again...Betty

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Aww that's just a lovely story! My daughter loved Veggie Tales too but we never got any of the stuffed toys.

Manuela

Anonymous said...

What a precious post! Loved it. :-)

Debbi

Melissa Wertz said...

Barbara Manatee...'manateeeeee...' You are the one for me... 'one for me...'

I am going to have that song in my head all day long! I thought I was past those days......

Nola @ Alamo North said...

Such a sweet story; looks like Sisi loves her too! Isn't it funny how little things like that become such a part of your family and your memories?

Linda C said...

What a precious story and memory!! This also tells of your loving heart- being a foster mom and loving those children. Bless you! I love, love, loved your post:)
PS- my youngest is 17 now, but we still love Veggie Tales-- especially the pirates who don't do anything!

Linda

Simply Heart And Home said...

Who couldn't fall in love with Barbara Manatee? So cute!

Gina

JanMary said...

Lovely story about Barabara's important role in your family :)

onlymehere said...

Cute story! I had a duck pillow my friend made for me in high school. It went with me to all of my hospital stays and even accompanied me when I had all four of my babies! It's now long gone and worn out but it had become my hospital pillow and I always got fun comments on it! I figure anything that makes you feel good is okay for a prolonged hospital stay, right! LOL!

Gracie said...

What a lovely and funny story! I guess everybody needs a Barbara one time or another! Thanks for you comment in my blog.

Lisa Loo said...

Oh my goodness!!! There was a manatee pillow??!! Why do I not ever know these things?! We have almost every veggie tale ever made and the songbook so we can play it on the piano. It would be sooooocool to have a Barbara Manatee!!

And..I love your joy in providing comforts for yours and others children--you are a gem!

Carrie said...

Wonderful story...

Julie said...

That was a very fun show and tell. How wonderful that you have fostered children along the way--extra blessings to you. We have considered doing that, but I always chicken out in the fear that I will become too attached--I do that too easily. I substitute at my girl's school and want to bring kid's home when I hear or know about their home-life. I can't let it go---hope you have a wonderful weekend. Julie

Michelle said...

Carla,

I want one of my own!! It looks so comfortable. Your dog is so cute! :)

Ivory Spring said...

What a sweet post this is, Carla!!! Barbara definitely is a special character. I am in my 30's, and "grew up" on Veggie Tales in my 20's.

splummer said...

Hi!
Thanks for sharing that beautiful story. Hope Barbara the Manatee stays with you for a long time. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a beautiful story! Veggie tales are amazing aren't they? I have most of them for any children to watch.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Kathi :)

Susan said...

This was such a sweet post! I have an old teddy bear that was mine from the time I was a little girl, and my son loved it to death.

Thanks for visiting Borrowed Freedom.

Blessings,
Susan

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Cute S&T! Thanks for the YouTube so we could see Barbara Manatee!

Katherine

MyJourneyBack said...

What a sweet post. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.
Blessings,
Sherry

Lisa said...

What a sweet story!
Stuffed animals...two out of four of my girls had their special stuffed animals...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting...come back anytime. Have a good week!

Earthmommy said...

Awww. I still have boxes of stuffed animals from my older girls, and they loved them all.

Lisa Ann said...

Aw how sweet. Great show and tell.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

My daughters and grandkids have been singing that silly song (along with "Where is My Hairbrush?")for about 10 years now!
Carla--that is the sweetest, dearest, cutest story! And it seems like it was written just for your "Barbra Manatee!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Kelli said...

So sweet! That is my all time favorite veggie tales song! LOL
~Kelli