My hubby bought him for me seven years ago when I was in the hospital for mastectomy surgery for breast cancer. My husbands name is Andy. As is true to my husband's character, there was a story that went along with the gift. He said, "Meet AJ! This is Andy Junior! He is my replacement. I know that you cannot hug me, right now, so I got AJ for you to hug--he's soft and cuddly. When you hug him, just imagine that you are hugging me! You will be hugging me again soon!"
I only lost one side, so when I got home, I needed to prop up my arm on a pillow to be able to sleep well. Then there was the long process of weekly painful expansion injections to enlarge a space to place an implant during the second surgery. So . . . AJ was large enough to hug on that one side, and he has a much softer texture than my pillow surface! AJ and I had many cuddly times together during that period of my life.
And the rest of the story . . . . I love bears, my bedroom is decorated with black bears. I have a big black bear pillow that I use when I read in bed. (Yes, and wouldn't you know it--I have an heirloom quilt on my bed!)
But AJ's place is not equal with my bear pillow, he usually occupies this spot as "top dog" (sorry, AJ) on my pillow keeping watch over everything!
Love you AJ! Love you, Andy! U R mine!
Happy Valentines Day!