Tea in Tasmania

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Dear Delilah,

When Clawdeen arrived at my house one afternoon, we went to visit my grandchildren…

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… Angus, who is five…

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… and Isabella, who is 2.

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They live close by to us on a small farm.

Clawdeen enjoyed meeting the grandkids and watching them play! She thought they were funny and they thought she was beautiful! After visiting with them, we came home and went to bed as the next day was going to be very busy.

We got up the next morning and went to see the cows on the farm.

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Clawdeen rode the mower and the little quad bike.

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Then she had morning tea with Barbie and her twin sister.

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After that, we went for a drive up to the top of Mount Wellington. It was very windy and quite cool up there but Clawdeen liked the view of Hobart.

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We decided to take Clawdeen to the beach. Sandy Bay beach was warm after being up on the cold mountain. Clawdeen liked it there, because it reminded her of Coney Island!  

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Clawdeen liked lying in the sun on the warm sand, but i could tell she was getting very homesick.

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Clawdeen was missing you, Delilah.

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After a look around the playground…

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… and the park, we decided to take Clawdeen back to our house to get her ready for her big journey from our little island, Tasmania, to you, Delilah, in Brooklyn,  New York!

We came home and had tea and had an early night. The next morning Clawdeen thanked us for having her to stay and for helping her get back to you.

By Jill Allen

Adventures in Algonac

Hey Delilah,

I received a box in the mail not too long ago, and at first wondered what might be inside. I opened it, and found some interesting items: a stand, some accessories, a journal, a nice little note… My son Marshall was standing nearby and I was explaining about Clawdeen and her adventures. I was kind of puzzled that I got all these things but no Clawdeen, until I reached down into the bottom of the box, and there she was! Such a beautiful doll! She kind of hung out by the computer for a while, and I finally figured I should show her around.

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First, I decided to make us a snack… one of my faves, peanut butter and Ritz crackers. Here we are, getting our munchies on!

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After we had our snack, I thought Clawdeen might want to meet Otis from Back at the Barnyard. Delilah, your Mom tells me you like that show. My friend Diane sent me Otis from Germany. She saw him and thought he looked a lot like the character on the show. He has writing on his belly, because I met Chris Hardwick, who did the voice for Otis. He was more than happy to sign Otis for me. I think Clawdeen and Otis hit it off quite well:

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I decided to make some more yummy food for us after that, so here are some pics of Clawdeen, posing with a pan of a treats called Scotcheroos. They’re kind of like Rice Krispie treats, except instead of marshmallows, you heat up corn syrup and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Then you add peanut butter to it, and stir this sticky mixture into Rice Krispies. You press it into a 13 x 9 pan, and top it off with butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

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In one pic, the chips are not yet melted, and in the other, they are, after putting the pan in the microwave.

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I decided to let the chocolate set on the Scotcheroos, and went over by the computer, where I let Clawdeen listen to some music from my rock cover band, Problem Child. I think she liked us! I sing in the band, my husband plays guitar, and two friends play bass and drums. We have lots of fun, Delilah! If you would like to hear our music, you can go here: http://tindeck.com/users/algonacchick

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I noticed that Clawdeen has double pierced ears, so I thought she might like to see part of my collection of earrings. My ears are triple pierced, and I like wearing lots of dangle earrings. I think Clawdeen really liked the earrings. They are on an earring tree that looks like Marilyn Monroe. You can ask your mom about her, Delilah. Here, Clawdeen is reaching out to touch the earrings.

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After I showed Clawdeen my earrings, I decided to venture outside with her to show her one of my gargoyles. Delilah, a gargoyle is a mythical creature. People believed that gargoyles could protect them. I just think they’re cool. I have four gargoyles… two on my front porch, one perched up high in a willow tree in my backyard, and one on the garden wall on the side of my house. That last one is the one I showed to Clawdeen. Here are Clawdeen and my gargoyle. I think they have a similar expressions on their faces!

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After I showed Clawdeen my gargoyle, we went back inside. It was time for Clawdeen to travel on to her next destination. I was sad to see her go. She was such a lovely guest. I decided to give her a Scotcheroo before she had to leave. Here she is with the Scotcheroo, waving goodbye!

I really enjoyed telling you about Clawdeen’s visit to Algonac.

Love and hugs,

Patti Brown

Trekking around Texas

Dear Delilah,

I was ecstatic when Clawdeen arrived at her only stop in Texas and I couldn’t wait to show her as many neat things as I could in the short time we had.

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The first thing we did was go eat authentic Mexican food at a local restaurant. I live in Bay City, Texas which is 60 miles south of Houston.

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My cat’s name is Bella and she was very curious when Clawdeen arrived.

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The next day, Clawdeen thought it was way too early to wake up to go to work with me. But she had fun when we got there. I work at a nuclear plant.

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We were able to find a hard hat to fit Clawdeen and received special permission to take pictures.

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Clawdeen enjoyed the Wonder Woman action figures on my desk. She really liked the Lego one, which stars in the new Lego Movie!

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On a special road trip to Austin, Texas, Clawdeen was thrilled to see the State Capitol. My friend from work found her a cowboy hat! Clawdeen insisted we stand far enough away to get the whole thing in the picture. She wanted to show you how big things are in Texas — big hats and big buildings!

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On the way home we stopped at a roadside store and took her picture with a giant squirrel. Can you see Clawdeen in this picture? She seems very tiny!

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They even had pecan pies in a vending machine outside the store.

Clawdeen thoroughly enjoyed her visit with us. I sure enjoyed having her. We are so happy that she will be home with you soon and can tell you all about her travels. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl Delilah!

By Ellen K. Farmer

Patrolling with the Police

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Hey there, Delilah!

Clawdeen arrived at my home in Delaware, and I was so thrilled to have her visit!

The next day, Clawdeen read a book while I took care of my whole beauty routine.  Clawdeen could not
understand why it takes me so long to curl my hair and put my makeup on. Gee, I hurried!

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At last! Off we went! We stopped by my workplace, a 911 call center. Clawdeen was very curious and glad to see the actual people who take the emergency calls. She was amazed at how many people call. The phone was always ringing.  She also thought it quite odd what some people call 911 for. What really amazed her were all the prank calls, or hang-ups, that come in. She saw how each call needs to be investigated, which takes precious time away from someone who truly needs help. I think that, even though this was more educational than fun, Clawdeen enjoyed it.

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After that, we went to the state police barracks and met some troopers. Clawdeen was very uneasy and nervous, but I assured her they are just regular people. There was nothing to be afraid of. They showed
Clawdeen around.

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When she saw the prison cells, we agreed they were gross and stinky! We decided to just stay outside the cell!

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Then we took a little ride in the police car.

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That was much more fun, since Clawdeen got to play with the lights and sirens…

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… and the police radio.

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Clawdeen really liked posing with the trooper hats, too. What she found funny though, was the fact these big, strong state troopers seemed scared to get their picture taken with her. It made us both laugh!

We said our thank yous and good byes and went over to the helicopter hanger a few miles away.

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Master Corporal Joe, who is a pilot as well as a state trooper, took us all around and showed us his stuff.

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He let Clawdeen sit in the pilot’s seat, from which she climbed up onto the dash for a better view.

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Corporal Joe helped her climb up onto the top of the windshield, where she said she had the best view of all.

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Clawdeen also posed on the outside step…

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… and was particularly interested in the stretcher seats in the back of the chopper.

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Once again, we had to laugh because Corporal Joe did not want his picture taken with Clawdeen either!  We did sneak one in though. I’m glad Clawdeen understood when Corporal Joe said it was far too windy to take a ride that day. Darn! But Joe said to come back another time and he would take us up. Maybe someday!

So that was our little adventure. Even though there were no glorious beaches or fabulous sights to see, Clawdeen seemed to really enjoy herself.

Thank you, Delilah. Without this, I don’t think I would have ever met such wonderful new friends! What a joy this has been.

By Mary Harvey

Bouncing in Boston

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The other day, my doorbell rang and when I went to answer it – what a pleasant surprise!  Clawdeen had come for a visit! She told me that she was on her way home to Brooklyn and her best friend (that’s you, Delilah). She also knew that I was friends with you so she stopped at my house for a bit of rest before finishing her trip.

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I was just getting to leave for work and asked if she wanted to come along. Clawdeen wasn’t so sure about it, but once I told her I work at a trampoline park she was very excited to come along. There are huge trampolines everywhere – you can even jump off the walls! I showed her what we call the Foam Pit where she can jump off a trampoline, fly through the air and land safely into the foam. She hesitated a bit, I think she may have been a bit scared, and I don’t blame her, I was too at first. Then she took a big jump, flipped and landed safely!

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Clawdeen jumped and jumped while I was at work and thoroughly enjoyed herself. When we were leaving, she saw that SkyZone was looking for super heroes and she totally thought she was one at this time and wanted her picture taken.

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On our way home we stopped along the river so I could show her the city of Boston.

Knowing that Clawdeen wants to be a Fashionista when she grows up I told her that we would take the subway into Boston tomorrow so that she could visit all the really famous fashion stores on Newbury Street.

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My mom has heard all about the great ideas you, Delilah, have had for the photos that your mom takes, so I knew she would love to meet one of your best friends. I stopped at my mom’s house to introduce her to Clawdeen. She hopped right onto my mom’s shoulder to tell her all about the adventures she has had trying to make her way home.

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We spent the afternoon catching up on all of Clawdeen’s adventures – and wow– has she been to a lot of places and met a lot of people! It was time for dinner and because Clawdeen had such a long journey and was a bit tired I didn’t ask her to help. But I gave her a bit of Play-Doh to play with. She was very quiet while I was preparing dinner and when I turned to see what she was doing she had made a note for you.

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After a long day we were settling into bed when Clawdeen decided she wanted to curl up and sleep with my dog Freddie. She said it reminded her of Baxter and Sally.

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We had a big day ahead of us once we woke up. We were heading into Boston to shop where all Fashionistas shop in Boston – Newbury Street! We had to take the subway there and luckily we got a seat. But Clawdeen was more interested in looking out the window.

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We had a great time on Newbury Street. We stopped at Valentino to check out the shoes…

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… shopped for jewelry at Cartier…

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… and when we passed the UGG store, Clawdeen wanted to pose in front of the sign because she remembered all the wonderful people she met while she was in Australia.

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Our last stop on Newbury Street was at Burberry. There were so many beautiful things for sale, but her favorites were all the purple items. I guess her favorite color is purple too.

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It was really cold out, but we were able to visit to the Boston Public Garden on our way back to the subway. The Boston Public Garden is actually the first public flower garden in America!

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In the Spring and Summer this pond has boats shaped like swans and the Captain actually pedals the boat, like a bicycle, around the pond for the people on board.

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After all the walking we did, Clawdeen needed to sit down and take break. She sat and admired all the tall buildings.

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It was a very busy day, and we had a great time but Clawdeen was very anxious to get back to Brooklyn to see you. We packed up her things and waved good-bye as she headed off to her next adventure.

I sure hope she gets to see you soon, Delilah!!!

 

By Sharon Gately

 

 

A Princess on the Edge of Europe

Olá Delilah,

Clawdeen just stopped by Portugal on her way back home to you, and I was delighted to show her around. We went for a tour around Lisbon and made a quick pass through fabulous Sintra.

As Lisbon is one very popular city, and many people come to visit, Clawdeen was very lucky to find some other Monster High friends here! They arranged a surprise party at a local disco before Clawdeen continued her journey back to you. She loved it and had lots of fun!

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Although the weather was not that good, Clawdeen insisted on going on the roof top of the touring bus. She loved the view, but I was glad she didn’t catch a cold!

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Our first stop was Belem Tower, which had a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the 16th century. The tower was part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and is a gateway to the city of Lisbon. Clawdeen was amazed with the magnificence of the Belem Tower!

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She also wanted to have a picture with the Rotary Monument that is right next to the Tower. “I could bring this one home with me! Delilah would love it!” she said.

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We couldn’t leave this area without tasting the famous Pastéis de Belém!  Clawdeen liked them so much that she ordered, not one or two, but six! Of course, I didn’t allow her to eat them all right then and there. We saved some to eat later.

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As the rain stopped for a while, we walked a bit along the river to take some pics. Clawdeen wanted to go on a boat ride but, unfortunately, we had no time. She loved the colours of the houses behind the boats.

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When Clawdeen saw the bridge over the Tagus, she found it similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and she is right! They are pretty similar. She wanted to cross the river to go up to the top of the Christ King Shrine, where one has the most amazing view over Lisbon, but the wind was so strong that it was closed.

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Shhh! Don’t tell anyone I showed you this, OK? It is just proof of what I said about the wind. Clawdeen would not like you to see her fall.

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Clawdeen felt like she was touring around a city of kings and queens, because all the monuments were very old and great! She felt like a princess! Here we stood on one of Lisbon’s many gazebos, looking over the Castle of São Jorge, one of the main tourist sites of Lisbon.

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Clawdeen fell in love with our lovely pavement patterns, though it’s not very comfortable with high heels!

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Leaving Lisbon behind, we headed to the town of Sintra, a unique place were nature, beautiful palaces, castles and magic get together perfectly. Clawdeen was really excited to go there!

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The Moorish Castle on the top of the hill…

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A ray of sun just touched upon some gorgeous purple daisies and Clawdeen jumped in for the picture, as it is your favourite colour.

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“Princess” Clawdeen loved Sintra and its beautiful surroundings. What a wonderful time we had here!

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Before leaving Sintra, we went for a coffee and a local traditional cake, called Almond Pillow! She laughed a lot when I asked for it! It’s a very yummy cake made of puff pastry filled with fresh eggs and almonds and dusted with sugar. They are even tastier when they are warm, right out of the oven.  She told me that when I go to Brooklyn, she would take me to have an amazing cherry-pear pie at Pies ‘n’ Things. I’m looking forward that!

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Our last visit was to Cabo da Roca, which is the westernmost point of continental Portugal as well as continental Europe. That makes this the part of continental Europe that is closest to America.

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Here Clawdeen was a bit sad as she was homesick. She knew that you, Delilah, were on the other side of this wonderful Atlantic Ocean, waiting for her, and she missed you a lot.

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So, to cheer her up, all her friends came to pick her up for a farewell party. They all met here, at my place, for make-up and dressing! And off to the disco they went! They had a wonderful night, and right after the party Clawdeen headed to the airport to go home to you, her Best Friend Forever!

Beijinhos from all of us here in Lisbon!

Storyteller: Filipa Pinto Coelho

Photos by: Jorge Bento and Filipa Pinto Coelho

Video: Jorge Bento

Special thanks to: Vera Rolo

Captivating Comox

Dearest Delilah;

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I was very excited to have Clawdeen come and visit. When she arrived, the first thing she wanted was to have a make-over. She was so happy with her new clothes and hair she wanted to show them off!

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Once she was out of the chair she noticed a shelf full of pretty bottles and climbed up and sat amongst them. The receptionist in the shop asked Clawdeen if she could see her make a werewolf face and she did!

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After our make-overs, we came back to my place and Clawdeen liked this green sign out front with a Heron on it. We had something to eat, then headed down to the marina.

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On our way, Clawdeen spotted a tug boat right on the side of the street and she really liked the Comox Quay sign.

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As you can see there were real boats at the marina. While I was scoping out a good shot of them, Clawdeen decided to photo bomb!

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After the marina, we went to the Filberg Lodge and Park, which a beautiful place. Once again Clawdeen wanted to get up on the sign and have her picture taken. While at the park, she climbed some old vines and had to have her picture take in front of the Root Cellar. Clawdeen said the cellar reminded her of a hobbit house, only huge! The lodge is closed during the winter, so we just admired it from outside.

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I soon discovered that Clawdeen really likes to climb things and sit up high! I had to help of course! The next thing she wanted to climb was a very tall totem pole. She enjoyed sitting within the hands and she felt safe there.

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Clawdeen climbed some more vines and was very excited to be able to sit on top of a roof! She then noticed a stairwell with iron railings that reminded her of the iron fences from where you live, Delilah. As we were leaving the park, the fog really rolled in. The fog among trees made Clawdeen think of her younger years and I got a picture of her day-dreaming.

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The next day we set out to visit Air Park, where they have a lot of float planes. Those are planes that land in the water and again, Clawdeen spotted a sign and up she went!

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We came across another totem and a native lodge. Clawdeen wanted me to take a picture of her waving while standing in front of them both. The lodge had some beautiful native art work on it, which we both loved!

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I think Clawdeen was pretty brave to sit inside a Whales mouth! She sat right on its tongue!

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Then she noticed the tail and had to sit there as well. I really like this picture of her and she seemed to really enjoy being there.

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We had done a lot of traveling in the car, so the next day we stayed home. She wanted to try out my son’s shark motorcycle. We couldn’t find a helmet that would fit her, so the only way I would let her try it out was to put a safety harness on her. We went outside and she was ready to ride and so she did! It seems like she is going much faster than she really is. Even so, she had a great time!

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That evening my son — who happens to have autism just like you, Delilah — brought out his ponies and we had a party! The ponies loved Clawdeen! Pinky let Clawdeen wear her glasses, and Sammy let her brush his hair! Clawdeen was very gentle with Sammy and he was very pleased.

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Clawdeen wanted to get a better look at my firefly jar, so we turned down the lights and she gazed into the jar for a very long time. I don’t know what she was thinking or dreaming about… my guess is that she missed you, Delilah, and wanted to get home.

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I think my guess was a good one, because the next thing I knew, Clawdeen knelt down beside Prince and quietly told him how she needed to leave and get back to her best friend! Prince knew exactly how she felt as he had a similar experience, being separated from his best friend. His heart showed through, with a twinkle, because he knew how exciting it was going to be for Clawdeen to be back with you.

Clawdeen loved meeting everyone on her journey home, and at the same time loved knowing that she would soon end her journey and be home with you, Delilah!

I’m so glad that we got to meet Clawdeen! When she returns home, give her a big hug and a kiss from me.

 

Sending lots of love from Comox, BC, Canada and me, Kristy Knowlan!