Determined Mom Tracks Down Her Son's Favourite Toy So She Can Give It To Her Grandson
For 29 years Fraffy, the stuffed giraffe, was Nick Hollinger's favourite companion. And now, thanks to his mother's love and determination, his son may be able to say the same someday.
Hollinger recently shared the sweetest story about how his mother went to extreme measures to track down a similar version of his most favorite stuffed toy growing up so she could give it to his son (her grandson) Link.
In a Reddit post, Hollinger shared a side-by-side picture of Fraffy and the newer version his mother got for Link. He told about how he was given Fraffy for Christmas 29 years ago.
Speaking to Yahoo, Nick explained that Fraffy was his companion for many years. "He was my best friend," he said, adding that he kept the toy close to him at all times. Even though he had other toys growing up, Fraffy was always his favourite. While others disappeared in storage or were given to Goodwill, Fraffy remained. In fact, the giraffe's home was right there on Nick's pillow well into his teenage years.
Then after a few years, Nick stashed Fraffy in a drawer and forgot about him. Then one day, when he was moving out of his childhood home as his wedding date drew nearer, he found his very old Fraffy. His mother Jan was emotional at the fact that her boy was leaving home so she suggested that Nick took Fraffy with him. This was exactly what he did.
Last December, Jan surprised Nick with a special Christmas gift for Link even though the boy was not born yet. He opened the package and was surprised to see a "brand new Fraffy, vibrant and velvety, horned, hole-less and whole, stuffed full of soft cotton and life." Nick said it was the best Christmas gift he had ever receive.
It turned out that as soon as Grandma Jan saw Nick and his wife, Alyssa's pregnancy announcement, she began a painstaking search on eBay for another Fraffy. It took her a while and three bidding wars before she finally purchased the toy. Even though she never revealed how much she paid, the Playskool Snuzzles Giraffe was selling for $200 on the website.
The toy turned out to be the best gift ever, not just for Nick but for his little boy. “Today Link loves his Fraffy, and his grandma for getting it for him,” he said.
This is just a sweet and heartwarming story. It just goes to show, a mother's work is never done. She continues to bring smiles to faces even into the next generation. Way to go, Grandma Jan.