When she was born, much too early and wrapped in pink, a tiny teddy bear the color of chocolate followed her home.
A reminder that she was a fighter from the beginning.
When she was thirteen, an acne-riddled girl with her first broken heart, a chubby tan teddy bear waited for her on her bed.
A reminder that she was always loved.
When she was eighteen, looking at the world through her grown-up eyes and trying to figure out where she fit, a teddy bear as white as a blank slate joined the family.
A reminder that she could be anything she wanted.
When she was twenty-five, the family sat on her messy bed, huddled against each other.
A reminder that not all fights can be won.
When her daughter was born, much too early and wrapped in pink, she was protected by a teddy bear family.
A reminder that the brightest light can only shine in the dark.
© Jade M. Wong 2017
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction.