Sunday, January 07, 2007

Have You Seen Me?

I really hope you have. Dr. Hibbard went missing sometime this weekend. Normally, I wouldn't care less about a Simpson's action figure's disappearance. However, Dr. Hibbard is Genna's lovey.

Most children crave the warmth and coziness that teddy bears or a blankie provides. Ella has a couple of lovies, Lambie and Bear. They are "unstuffed" animals made by Gund. If one is ever lost, I can get a replacement lickety-split. Genna, on the other hand, prefers an old stuffed carrot rattle she has had since she was about six months old and Dr. Hibbard, whose nose has been partly bitten off. The rest of the nose was cut with nail clippers so she wouldn't gouge herself or someone else.

Dr. Hibbard was purchased by Herr at a Burger King several years ago when he started collecting the Simpson's Playsets. I am sure that was a special day for Herr since he A) More than likely indulged himself with a Double Whopper with Cheese and B) got to add to his growing collection of Simpson's crap collectibles. Over the span of six years and three moves, Herr's collection was relegated to a Rubbermaid tote in the basement. One October afternoon, Genna came upstairs after playing with her sister. She was holding something and kissing it. She was talking to it and putting it up to her ear as if it were telling her a secret. "It" turned out to be Dr. Hibbard.

Herr and I thought that Genna's lovies were a bit strange, but we rolled with it. We thought it had something to do with the fact that she never really "took" to any of the stuffed animals we gave her as a baby the way Ella did. We thought that she was a late bloomer in the bonding department, so why NOT a Hibbard instead of a stuffed rabbit?! Every night, she would say, "Where Carrot? Where Hibbard?" and we would make sure they were on her pillow in her crib. She would grab one in each hand, turn on her belly, and tuck her hands into her belly. Every morning, she would be gripping Carrot and Hibbard in her hands and insist that they be a part of her daily routine. We even found it cute enough to take pictures of her hanging with them during meals.
In the back of my mind, I kept thinking that I should keep an eye on it in case it gets lost. Several mornings I pulled Genna's crib from the wall upon hearing her panicked cries of, "HIBBARD!! Get Hibbard!" while desperately pointing to the floor. I even looked on Ebay a month or so ago, but didn't see one that was the same. I figured I had some time. Apparently my time is up.

If anyone knows where I can score Dr. Hibbard (with the skull in his hands--not the Jekyll and Hyde version that is currently on Ebay) PLEASE let me know.


***UPDATE*** My pal, Chag, emailed me to tell me that I had been mispelling the dear Doctor's name--it's Hibbert. This was great information BECAUSE Chag found an identical Dr. Hibbert action figure on Ebay. At precisely the same time I was getting ready to buy it, I saw Bosco playing with something in the living room. After I saw him prancing around, I ran after him. Sure enough, he had found Dr. Hibbert. Fortunately, Bosco didn't maul him. Unfortunately, the Ebay Dr. Hibbert was already sold by the time I got back to buying it. However, there are A LOT of Dr. Hibbert dolls on Ebay. I still plan to stock up. All is right in our world again.

12 comments:

Chag said...

I love that your daughter had a Dr. Hibbard toy. Wish I knew where to find a replacement.

adria said...

Oh, I wish I could help you out because I have MANY Simpsons toys, but no Dr. HIbbard. So sorry.
If you need a Homer, I have a few I could spare.

Kristen said...

It is so hilarious that THIS is what she chose as a lovie. But it is so sad that it's lost!! We have had several near losses with Bryce's blanket (Noir), and wow, that was traumatic. I hope you find it soon!!!

gmcountrymama said...

Very sorry to hear about the missing Doctor. I hope you find one soon. T has a doggie he's had since birth. The thing is so pearled up its hard to tell what it is anymore. Also, Genna is very cute!

L. said...

I remember one of my friends was frantically searching for "the Barney with his mouth open, not closed!" This was in the dark days before eBay.....

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

Well, there's no denying this child's paternity now.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That kid already has a great sense of humor.

Good times.

(I saw the Hippert thing and was going to save the day, but Chag beat me to it. Son of a...)

lumpyheadsmom said...

Phew! I'm so relieved.

stefanierj said...

My heart literally seized with terror when I read the opening paragraph, so I'm so glad there was an update and that all is well--you know how recently we went on this same thrill ride. We never did find the escapee lambie, either--but the new one is now so funked-up she's indistinguishable from her older sister. Good times.

Jul said...

Just wandered over from Homesick Home and am really enjoying reading your site. So happy to hear the good Dr. H. reappeared!

OTRgirl said...

I love the photos. What great toys. Talk about ammo for when she's 16 years old and bringing home a date! But knowing her, she'll flaunt it and wear Dr. Hibbert on a necklace or something.

kimmyk said...

Yeah!! I'm glad he was found and unharmed for the most part. It's a sad day when all is right with the world when our kids get thier security blanket back isn't it? But I totally know your pain and anquish. It's tough.