Theo insists on Benny, the skeleton, accompanying him everywhere including trips to the supermarket and the beach.
With the Coronavirus pandemic going on, kids haven't been able to hang out with friends at school or otherwise. Kids are becoming crankier as they are forced to stay inside, with no outlet to burn their energy. It's certainly not been the case with 2-year-old Theo, who has befriended a skeleton. Yes, you read that right. At a time when we have all been forced to stay inside and starved of human contact, Theo, aged 2, has found a friend in a skeleton. The adorable toddler found the 5-foot-tall skeleton in his basement and the duo are now inseparable. He insists the skeleton keep him company through the day and also spends his all his time around the skeleton, who Theo named Benny, making a case for the cutest BFFs of all time.
It was Theo's mom who bought the skeleton last Halloween and little did she know how attached her son would become with the skeleton. "I purchased the skeleton a few years ago to put on my porch," Theo's mom Abigail Brady told POPSUGAR. "When Theo was 1-year-old last Halloween, he liked the skeleton and would give it high fives and loved having it close to him. A few weeks ago, I was down in the basement cleaning up some minor flooding and he found it. He insisted on taking it with him to play at the reservoir and refused to get out of the car without it."
Abigail Brady and Theo featured on Good Morning America. Theo wanted to carry Benny along with him everywhere he went, including the outdoors. Abigail Brady knew people would give her stares if she and Theo walked around holding a skeleton but Abigail Brady didn't care. Theo loved the skeleton and now, Benny was family. "I said, 'You know what? We're going to make memories and we're going to have fun,'" said Abigail Brady. Now, Benny joins Theo when they go on grocery store runs, car rides, trips to the beach, and pretty much anywhere little Theo goes.
The toddler wants Benny by his side even when he falls asleep. "The skeleton also sits in his rocking chair as he sleeps," said Brady. "It's a little creepy. But he likes it." Theo even reads to Benny. Abigail Brady, 27, thinks Theo and Benny are incredibly cute and she found out so does the internet. Abigail Brady has been documenting the unlikely friendship between the toddler and a skeleton and the internet has absolutely lapped it up. "2020 has been probably one of the craziest years in a while and I know it has brought a lot of people a lot of turmoil and a lot of hardship. My hope is that this can just spread some happiness. Even if it makes someone’s day for a couple of minutes, that makes me so happy," Brady told TODAY after being asked about the immense popularity of the duo.
Abigail Brady also believes it's a situation and friendship born out of quarantine. "I think quarantine has been really hard on Theo. Prior to the pandemic, we did weekly playdates. But once we had to social distance, we had to stop those playdates. I think the skeleton helps to fill that void," said Brady. The 27-year-old Mom has tried to lessen the toddler's dependency on his skeleton buddy, Benny but Theo just won't have it. The few time she's tried to remove the skeleton from the room, the toddler has protested. She said he "was like, 'Skeleton! Skeleton!' So I put the skeleton back in his room and he just sits on his rocking chair while Theo sleeps. (Theo) loves to give Benny knuckles and high fives and he pokes him in the ribs. It's cute." With Halloween around the corner, Benny will take center stage as they step out in Nightmare Before Christmas-themed costumes. "My biggest thing is just helping to make people smile," said Brady.