I first stumbled across this teddy in a newsagent over a year ago, far from home where I rarely venture, the morning Michael announced he was going to join the army. In search of comfort I reached to the highest shelf where the bear sat alone and unique. I took him down, held him close then quickly placed him back and reached for a tissue instead. No amount of soft toy therapy was going to brighten my day or help me to avoid facing reality. If I didn’t want to see my youngest son in a slouch hat and camouflage gear, I surely didn’t want this cuddly little soldier in my collection as a reminder of the changing times ahead.

I recall wandering aimlessly around the shopping centre that day and at the end of my expedition, laden with a trolley full of groceries and thrift shop finds, stopped by for another glimpse of the bear who by then was calling to me, as all bears do, “Please take me home”. I walked away.

Weeks passed. Many times I thought of phoning and asking “Do you still have that army teddy bear?” Perhaps it would make a nice farewell gift for Michael and I’d even read stories of military men who kept such mascots with them during training and overseas postings. I didn’t phone.

Then months later while driving past the same shopping centre on my way to somewhere else, I suddenly felt compelled to stop. If the bear was still there, I’d rescue him. He was…..and I did.

Once home I found it difficult to decide what to do with him. I certainly didn’t want to put him on display.  I was still moving in and out of denial phase and thought his presence would imply acceptance. Confused, I tossed the newest addition to my ‘hug’ of bears into the back bedroom. And there he stayed out of sight and out of mind until now.

His tag reads ‘Tic Toc Teddies’ and today at 0800 hours I sat him on Michael’s bed. It seems this bear wasn’t meant to be a good luck or a graduation gift. Rather he will sit and wait patiently, as we will all try to do, for our real soldier to come home safely from a job he is enjoying so many miles away. In the meantime we can stop by and smile at the furry friend keeping his pillow warm.

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Although I love traditional teddy bears, I also have a fascination with teddies made to look like other animals. Last year, at a doll and bear show, I discovered this rather shy sweet boy waiting very quietly and very patiently to be adopted by someone who would appreciate his unique appearance and special charm.

Meet Rupert, by Ann-Marie Cole of Goldelocs Bears.

“I have whiskers and a tail……therefore I am a mouse.”

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One of my favourite activities in December is entering our big treasure trove shed, an adventure that begins with braving the heat, dust and spider webs and climbing over a mountain of storage bags and boxes in order to release our seasonal plush toys from their hiding places. As I think to myself “Where did you come from, I don’t remember buying you?” and “Ah there you are, I don’t recall putting you in there! ” I find myself wondering if some teddy bear magic and mischief may have taken place during New Year to Christmas hibernation.

A newcomer to the collection, not yet introduced to such dark and gloomy places,  is this beautifully dressed and decorated bear named ‘Mariah’. She was rescued from the bargain shelf of a gift shop just a few days before it closed down last month and sadly she is still looking a little disappointed because her baby sister was adopted by another family (oh the regret when I missed the opportunity to purchase both siblings). Comforting to know she will soon be surrounded and welcomed by other furry friends eager to make her acquaintance. Perhaps Mariah’s festive charm will tempt me to keep her on display all year round – or at least invite her to visit us for Christmas in July too……


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“There’s always room for one more teddy bear”

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