The One Thing I Can’t Live Without

Caution: The following post may contain photos of a questionable nature. Continue at your own risk.

In the spirit of continuing on with #blogtober14, today’s prompt is, “What is the one thing you can’t live without.”

I could go all mushy you on with answers that include my family, my friends, my self worth or my phone (because…obviously!), but I’m going to put a twist on it and answer this prompt in the vein of “What is the one thing people don’t know you can’t live without?”

Who-za What-za? That’s right, it’s the less obvious answer. I present to you, the green blanky.

Ode to My Green Blanky

I have a blanky. Don’t you? It’s light green. It’s fuzzy. It’s from Kohls.


Ignore the chaos around me and behold the vision that my dear husband has the luck of coming home to every night. Me and my blanky.

I received it long ago, on a cold Christmas eve. It wasn’t as well-received as the tiger robe that my mother lovingly sewed for me (see exhibit A), but I received it with gratitude nonetheless.

Given the bed spread, the braces and the acne, I'm going to say this feels like 9th or 10th grade.

Exhibit A – The Tiger Robe. Given the bed spread, the braces, the terrible bangs and the acne, I’m going to put this at 9th or 10th grade.

Little did I know that this blanky would not only dethrone the almighty tiger robe, but it would also be dubbed the “one blanky to rule them all.” MUAHAHAHAHAH (ohhhh my precious).

Let me tell you about blanky. Blanky never wears down. Sure, it’s lost some softness over the years, but throughout each rinse cycle, it springs back into action, ready to hug me with warmth and understanding.  I use it on cold, winter nights. I use it in the middle of summer when we’re sitting down to watch a movie. I take it on weekends up north with my girls. It accompanies me on cross-country plane rides to visit my brother.

It’s the ever-present symbol of comfort and home and all things good. And I’m not the only who enjoys it. No, it’s been enjoyed by all members of the family (even the late Uncle Leo).

Jackson’s enjoyed blanky almost as much as I have.

Lots of baby snuggles then, morning cartoon snuggles now.

Lots of baby snuggles then, morning cartoon snuggles now.

Jake would probably like to forget the times he’s enjoyed blanky, but he’d also like me to remind you all that he has his own blanky (I mean, blanket) and it’s dark brown…because he’s a MAN’S MAN.

A little too much fun was had, that evening.

A little too much fun was had, that evening.

And my favorite snuggle buddy before Jackson came along, Uncle Leo (RIP buddy!)

A fond memory of Uncle Leo.

A fond memory of Uncle Leo.

Yes, if I were to list the one “thing” I couldn’t live without, blanky would be at the top of the list. So here’s to blankies across the world. You provide security and comfort and warmth. And I respect that.

Are you ready to confess all? What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

About Lindsay

Happy mother of one, advertising account executive, so-so runner, always caffeinated

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