Of all my plush and stuffed animals, only my Duffy, Shellie May, and pre-Duffy bears still have their tags. I doubt I will be willing to cut the tags off my pre-Duffy bears any time soon, so for now, I want to focus on summoning the strength to finally remove Duffy and Shellie Mayís tags, as well as smiling Shellie Mayís (aka Mai/e/y Ling) when she gets here. For the longest time Iíve wanted to remove their tags, but Iíve always been too afraid/hesitant to do so (even though I realize their tags prevent me from cuddling them as much as Iíd like).
With their tags intact Shellie May and Duffy feel more ďpristineĒ to me because I guess the tags delude me into believing that I only recently adopted the bears from the parks, that I was just there. Luckily, I came to my senses and realized that this was delusional thinking, but I still havenít been able to bring myself to cut the cords. Iíve had Duffy since May 7, 2011, so with him Iím more than ready, but with Shellie May, Iím still tentative and anxious. Itís not only because Iíve had her for less time (since July 23, 2012), but also because sheís so beautiful and Iím afraid that once I cut off her tags, their absence will somehow sully her pristine beauty. And once that happens, I can never get it backÖand any other Shellie Mays I adopt (not to replace her, but to add to the family) can never be as beautiful as the first Shellie May DuffyD helped me adopt.
I know keeping the tags intact for this long and my reasons for doing so are crazy, and I know my explanations probably donít make any sense. Itís hard to rationally explain irrational thoughts and feelings. So I guess I would like to ask how long after you all had your bears did you remove their tags, did any irrational or nagging feelings hinder you when doing so, and what advice, words of comfort, words of wisdom, and/or insight can you give me to help me cut the cords?