Back in 2005, my husband and I didn’t have a child. We both wanted one, but the road to having a baby was a tough one. In that same year, we bought a Jimmy Neutron doll. Jimmy Neutron is a character from Nickelodeon. He’s a genius little kid who loves to invent things and hang around with his best friends, Carl and Sheen. We loved watching Jimmy Neutron on TV, so when we saw this toy, we had to buy it. The cute thing about this doll is it has a little backpack, which opens up to be a book. Super cute.
But it’s a kid’s toy, right? Right. When my husband and I bought it, we kept it in its plastic casing and displayed it on our bookshelf. Someday, we said, we’ll give this to our future child. We’ll give it to our future Timmy.
Buying that toy was one way for my husband and I to keep hoping. In 2009, our son was born. Jimmy was finally taken out of his plastic casing. This year, we put him in Timmy’s bookshelf. Jimmy looks right at home, doesn’t he?
Jimmy on Timmy’s bookshelf, 2013
8 years later, this little toy is in the hands of our little boy. Timmy enjoys reading the small book. Every time the backpack opens up to reveal a hidden book, he gives me a big smile.
While this Jimmy Neutron doll reminds me of the tough times we had when we were trying to have a baby, it also reminds me that happy endings (or happy new beginnings) do come true. Just keep hoping. Sometimes it helps to see that manifestation of hope. In our case, it was a little toy that sat on our bookshelf that ended up in the hands of our own little boy many years later. It’s truly a blessing, one that we are immensely thankful for. Miracles do happen. You just have to keep on hoping. You just have to keep believing that hope, your hope, will come alive.