This is my attempt at Rilakkuma. I made him using a modified version of my original Lazy Panda. Like the panda, Rilakkuma is happy to just lie on your bed, couch, or anywhere else you like to relax. There are two versions available: awake, and sleeping. Pillow and blanket not included.
Today, I’m going to tell you a story. Let’s call this the story of Panda and Rilakkuma.
Panda and Rilakkuma
The plushies I make are also known as Pika Plushies, because they are plushies made by me, Pika in a Bag. All Pika Plushies are made with the purpose of making others happy in their own unique way. They are stuffed with love, and that is what creates their plushie “hearts.” When they are given to their new friend, (owner) they open their hearts and form a bond with that friend. You know the bond has been successful when the friend smiles.
One day, the Pika Plushies had a party near the river. There were games, contests, dances, and lots of delicious foods to eat. Rilakkuma put on a nice costume and ate lots of his favourite snack, custard pudding. After his third helping of pudding, Rilakkuma was feeling sleepy. So he went to the river to find his pillow and blanket, which he’d stuffed into a log for safe keeping.
That’s when some more animals came to the river, who Rilakkuma hadn’t met before. One of them was a panda. Panda came up to Rilakkuma and said hello. While the other animals went for a swim in the river, Rilakkuma and Panda stayed behind to talk.
“So, uh… sleep here often?”
Panda was a plush bear who liked to eat snacks and relax with his friends, just like Rilakkuma. Unfortunately, that was as far as their conversation went, because Panda had to help take home some of the animals who were too tired from swimming. Panda and Rilakkuma exchanged phone numbers so they could chat some more.
The next day, and for a long time after that, Panda and Rilakkuma couldn’t stop texting back and forth. They would talk about so much, from their favourite snacks, to their favourite relaxing spots, to places they should relax and eat snacks together. Rilakkuma thought this was a very interesting panda, and wanted to learn more about him. He got his wish when, a few days after the party, Panda took Rilakkuma to the Bamboo Cafe, where they drank pomegranate lemonade with green straws. They discussed funny things and spontaneously decided to go coconut bowling at Bear’s World. Rilakkuma couldn’t bowl very well, but Panda was very good.
A month later, Panda and Rilakkuma went on another play date. They went to see a funny movie, and Panda took Rilakkuma to eat something called “Vietnamese rice noodle soup.” Rilakkuma was so used to ramen that it felt strange at first to eat this noodle soup, but he enjoyed it all the same. Although the stains on his outfit made him question why he ever trusted himself with soup. In another bout of spontaneity, they went to the watering hole for drinks. When they returned to Rilakkuma’s house, Panda gave Rilakkuma a kiss goodnight.
Rilakkuma had grown fond of Panda’s love of adventure, and the fun times they shared together as a result. Sometimes Rilakkuma would wait in anticipation for Panda to text him “good morning,” or to respond to a silly message Rilakkuma had sent. And yet, Rilakkuma couldn’t open the zipper on his back and let his heart over to Panda.
He was afraid that Panda would break his heart, or that he in turn would hurt Panda. And if he stayed friends with Panda, then what would happen to Rilakkuma? Would he still be the cute, cuddly plushie bear who loved custard pudding and taking naps, or would he change and start to like bamboo? Sure there was nothing wrong with liking bamboo, but he knew that liking it would alienate him from the other plushies; the ones who didn’t like bamboo. The plushies he had known a long time and held dearly. He had seen plushies befriend strange plushies, and they changed so much. Some of them changed to the point that they did not want to be a part of the Pika Plushies anymore. And so, Rilakkuma said a foolish thing:
“Panda, I don’t want to give you my heart.”
And so, Panda moved on quietly. And Rilakkuma was all alone.
But Rilakkuma did not let it get him down. He helped the blue whale get through a day of heartbreak, and that helped with his own heartbreak a little. Even though he only knew Panda for a short while, Rilakkuma couldn’t help but wonder how someone could have such an effect on him. Rilakkuma was sad that he was no longer able to see Panda, but he now knows what he needs to work on. And maybe one day, he will find Panda again, and they will go on adventures just like before. Or he will find a new panda, and he will be confident enough to give his heart to the panda. Who knows? When you’re this cute, anything’s possible.
I think that the moral of this story is, “keeping your heart locked up, is usually the reason it gets broken in the first place.”
And somewhere in the back of my mind… I keep hearing Drops of Jupiter. I don’t know why.
Thank you for poring through my confusing mess of thoughts and poor metaphors. I promise next week’s post will be happier, we will be talking about VIDYA GAIMS!
Rilakkuma is now available on Etsy!
And here he is on deviantART.
Questions? Concerns? Requests? Panda or Rilakkuma? (Plushies, not characters :P) Comment below!
Pika, so happy~