Ryan's best friend is Bear, a teddy bear head and arms stuck to a little blue blanket. When it became clear that this was THE bear, we tracked down an almost-exact back-up bear on eBay - we call it Doppleganger. We have tried to swap the bears with some frequency in hopes that they would wear out equally and the boy would be none the wiser.
Ryan hasn't noticed our deception. Yet. But the bears are starting to look pretty different:
Real Bear (right) has a crushed flat right arm, his ear is fraying, his nose has a gap in the middle, and he's generally ratty. Doppleganger (left) has a semi-crushed left arm, a gap on the side of his nose, a greasy stain on his forehead, and a strange little blue spot that we sometimes have to cover with a band-aid, and when we remove the band-aid it miraculously heals...
I fear it's only a matter of time before Ryan's intense attention to detail derails the whole ruse.
What lies do you tell your kids?