Stuffed Animals Really Can Be A Best Friend

Stuffed Animals Really Can Be A Best Friend

I have so many of these guys and I love them all so much.

Stuffed animals are some of the unsung heroes in this world. OK, hear me out. They are always so soft and cuddly, and they're always ready to listen to you tell them all of your problems and stories late at night. I know that, at times, it's a stereotype that only girls have a collection of stuffed animals that they keep with them, but guys really shouldn't be embarrassed to have little friends of their own. I mean, they are literally the best edition to any bed. You can cuddle and hold them when you're trying to get sleep (unlike a pet, they'll stay still for you). And who's better to watch TV with when all of your friends are off having a fun time without you? They are some of the best things in this world. I have had a couple of my stuffed animals for so many years now, I don't remember a time when I didn't have them. Here's one of my guys — his name is Benjamin!

Ah, this little guy. I love him so much, so much that he is even the URL to my Facebook page. Yes. It's actually true.

I got this little bundle of joy way back in early 2008. My dad and I went on a little vacation to Ontario, Canada. It was such a pretty trip, and it is always fun to go on father/daughter vacations. The trip itself was awesome; however, it was ridiculously cold there with wind that would hold you up if you fell over. It was frigid. So as we were walking on one of the main roads, we found a two-story Bennigan's we could sit down and try to warm up in. While we were waiting for our food, we noticed that there was an arcade across the street. I, being a 13-year-old who still had a fondness of spending my dad's money on dumb games, absolutely had to go there.

After convincing my dad that I wouldn't stay there forever and it would only take a few minutes, he let me go. A few hours later (whoops, sorry Dad, you should have seen it coming), I had accumulated enough tickets to get a pretty decent prize. We went up to the little counter and that's when I made eye contact with Benjamin. He was adorable, perfect and he looked ridiculously comfy. The only downfall was that he was quite a bit more tickets than I had at the moment. After a few rounds of puppy dog eyes, my dad let me play a bit more and I finally got enough tickets for Benjamin!

It was such a great experience (I don't win things often, if you couldn't tell by my enthusiasm). He had a plastic bag around him to make sure that he stayed clean. When we got back to the hotel, I finally unwrapped him, cuddled him close and we became instant friends.

Stuffed animals are the best things in the entire world, and if you don't have one, I suggest you go out and find yourself your next best friend. I mean, what's better than that? Nothing.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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