I’ve had a think about this prompt (the VIP I can’t do without)and have come to the conclusion that as I love each family member in different ways and for different reasons I can’t possibly choose one precious human being over another. That’s why I’ve decided on Jean Paul as my VIP. JP is a bear and an old friend.
JP has been named after the sixties actor Jean Paul Belmondo. Jean Paul (the bear not the actor) belonged to my baby brother, then my children played with him for a while. One son believes the bear belongs to him and that I’m just holding on to it for safe keeping. I let him think it.
When I’m alone I bring JP out of hiding. He’s not your traditional battered bear, shabby and worn through years of handling. JP is actually in excellent condition. There was one incident that led to an unfortunate accident and ended in delicate eye surgery. But that was long ago and we no longer mention it. Other than that one incident JP has worn well.
Jean Paul is my muse. We have lengthy chats about love, life and the universe. Actually it’s more of a monologue than a dialogue. I talk my ideas through with JP and he smiles; I ask questions and then come up with the answers, JP’s glass eye winks; I arrive at my destination and JP positively glows.