Our Seahorse joined the family on December 25th 2011. From that day onwards he was very much loved and cherished. For the past 2 and a bit years he has been a constant presence in our bedtime routines.
In his early days he would nestle safely in the Moses basket with our little boy. At 3am he would be playing his music on repeat with his beautiful belly glowing. It was a 50/50 chance who he would send to sleep first, me or O. As the final notes of Frère Jacques played out his belly would fade and he would also fall asleep. He was a very welcome companion during those cold and lonely nights.
During his short life Seahorse was well travelled; Egypt, Spain, Wales, the Lake District, and not forgetting a couple of sleep overs at Nanas. Wherever we went he came with us to remind O of home and to keep one thing constant when it came to bedtime. As O grew older he started to learn that if we switched on Seahorse it was a clear signal it was time to sleep. It was amazing to see the development as he started to turn Seahorse on himself in the middle of the night to soothe him back to the land of nod.
He didn’t ask for much, a battery change every few months (when he started to get a bit worn down) and he was happy. But yesterday, things took a turn for the worst. A new set of batteries was not enough to bring him back to life. He put up a brave fight, he tried to keep on playing, but he just didn’t have it in him, and he passed away.
Seahorse was a charming and very special member of our family, always with a smile on his face. It is with great sadness we have to accept he has moved on to a better place. We have discussed adopting another, but it just wouldn’t be the same. It wouldn’t be OUR Seahorse.
RIP dear friend, we will always miss you. Whenever I hear Frère Jacques I will be thinking of you!