A 'Toy Story' Of Our Own, Or: NPR People And The Company We Can't Help Keeping : Monkey See On the way out of Toy Story 3, critic Bob Mondello realized that he, like Buzz and Woody's owner, had kept one special toy into adulthood. So had other NPR staffers. What about you?
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A 'Toy Story' Of Our Own, Or: NPR People And The Company We Can't Help Keeping

You'll have heard by now that Toy Story 3 is a pretty sweet addendum to the saga of Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and the gang. With 17-yr-old Andy going away to college and giving up his toys, the latest installment seemed to resonate — lotsa sniffles. And on the way out of the theater, it seemed like it wasn't just kids who'd been caught up in the moment. Plenty of grownups — everyone from brawny 20-something jocks to aging boomers — emerged bleary-eyed. And I think I know why.

Old Friends Are The Best Friends: NPR's Bob Mondello, with Mr. Teds. Yanina Manolova/NPR hide caption

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In the movie, Andy initially decides to hang on to one toy. When I got home, my partner reminded me that I'd done that too: Sitting on the shelf in my office is Mr. Teds, the teddy bear that accompanied me to the hospital when I got my tonsils out.

I was 5 at the time, and my recollection is that Mom let Mr. Teds come because he was having his tonsils out too. I remember we shared ice cream afterward. How could I give him up after we'd gone through that together?

When I mentioned this at work, it turned out a lot of other NPR folks had kept a buddy from childhood, too. And since Mr. Teds hadn't been able to pal around with any other toys in a lonnnnnng time, I suggested that they bring a few of them in for playtime.

Here we all are. (Update: Now with audio!)

Click to launch: See and hear NPR people introduce some of their oldest friends. NPR hide caption

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Now for yours: If there's a childhood toy who's still in your life, upload a photo of the two of you to Flickr. (We've created a group for you right here; your contributions will show up in the player below.) And don't forget to tell us about your old friend in the caption field.