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When Lily met Arkoudaki

Emma loves cuddlies. She has always loved them,her favourite is Hippo Hips, a big and soft “girl” hippo she had rescued from among the elephants on a wet day in Ikea. She also has two other very special teddies, to remind her of Georgie.

I wasn’t surprised when, on our flight from London to Zante two weeks ago, she asked me to buy her Lily, the easyJet mascot teddy. And I couldn’t say no. I didn’t want to say no. When you lose a child, it is hard to say no to your surviving one.

So we got Lily and took her with us on our Greek odyssey.

Lily proved the ideal travelling companion.

She was polite and pleasant yet quite daring in her culinary choices and insisted on trying the local sweets in Zante, as you can see for yourselves:

10469916_10152363963896512_1297923092181010068_nIn no time, she had been promoted to be Emma’s day cuddly (no-one can replace Hippo at night, sorry!) and the two of them became inseparable. She fitted perfectly into our family, quite literally. Here she is, taking Zante in from above, from the comfort of her Cath Kids carry on.

10636014_10152363963891512_5734526794568152519_nShe immersed herself completely into the Greek experience, there she is celebrating the National Day and waving the flag with the local crowds and taking notes in her tourist pad.

1004555_10152363963871512_8321110778588967536_nBut the best part of the trip was visiting Emma’s grandparents and being introduced to Arkoudaki, Alex’s old teddy(he must be around 40 in bear years but don’t let on to Lily, he doesn’t look a day older than 4). We can honestly say that it was love at first sight and the two of them now share a bed and a life in their new Irish home and we do hope they will live happily ever after together.

10723764_937159772979400_1721138779_nThis is our entry to the Gulliver and Lily easyJet photo contest. If we win the two plane tickets the company generously offers to its readers for taking their mascots on exotic trips, we will be taking our own puppet back to Greece to spend Easter with her grandparents and make more precious memories.

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Mum to one beautiful girl on earth and one sweet baby boy in heaven. Privileged carer. Encourager and friend.


  1. How lovely that you got to do this! My nearly 8 yr old still carries her old blankie on trips. Embarassing though it is, all tatty and miserable looking, I’m secretly pleased it still means so much to her 🙂 x

  2. Charlotte says

    Good luck with the competition! Lovely photos, she looks like she’s enjoying Greece!

  3. Mellissa Williams says

    How cute it this. Lily looks like a lovely companion. Good luck with your entry,

  4. This is gorgeous. My daughter absolutely loves her teddy bear, there’s something rather special about them.

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