Saturday, December 27, 2008

Favorite Toy

This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge is to show a favorite toy. This teddy bear is not only one of my favorites, but was a favorite of my sons too. I have had the stuffed bear ever since I can remember, which is a very long time as I am sixty-two. As babies , each of my sons adopted the little bear as his own. Perhaps, this memory endears the bear to my heart even more. When our second child was born, our oldest child, Dean, left his teddy at the home of friends, who were watching him as his brother was being born. The little teddy bear was his nighttime security object so my husband, Daddy D, made an emergency trip to retrieve his teddy for a sound night's sleep.

Pictured here with three-week old Dean is the little teddy and two other favorites, a lion that played, "You Are My Sunshine" and Claymore C. Bear. The latter two toys have since bit the dust.

Then, when Dean's little brother, Luke, came home from the hospital and was crying as newborn babies do, the almost three-year old boy reached into the baby buggy, patted his little brother, and said. "Don't cry baby. Here's teddy." The memory brings tears to my eyes.

For the past several years, the little stuffed bear has been residing in the bottom of our school clock in the living room. If you look closely, you might notice that Teddy has a haircut. Little brother, Luke, gave the little bear a buzz at one point, something he did to himself...more than once.

Both sons are now adults and fathers to our wonderful grandchildren. Perhaps, we should dust off the old teddy bear and have meet a new generation of children. To see more favorite toys, visit Carly at Round Robin Photo Challenge.


Judith said...

wonderful - I can relate to this. I still have my son's teddy bear and my dad whose 70 still has his. Trust you are well? love Judyx

Pamela said...

I'm just sighing and saying aaaaaaaaaaaw.

I had a hand me down teddy when I was a kid. It appeared to have mange, no eyes, etc. I have no idea where it ended it's existence. Poor little thing.

Suzanne R said...

What a precious picture that first one is, and a special entry!

MariesImages said...

I LOVE TEDDY'S! I love the memories that come along with this challenge. Thanks for sharing your memories~
AND thanks for stopping by my blog!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Molly, What great memories of this well loved bear! Your photographs are excellent:)

Margaret said...

I love stuffed animals that have emotional meaning like this one does. In our family, we have Alison's Fat Duck.

nikki said...

Oh how sweet. The baby picture made me sigh.

Biddie said...

How cute! I love that first photo.

I have a favourite
bear..The kids make fun of him because his arm is falling off. I have had him for 2o years, which means that I got him for my 18 th birthday. He was with me through all of my pregnancies, keeping me company and holding my tummy up when it got heavy..

Karen Funk Blocher said...

What a wonderful story! I love the photos, too - the iconic old one and also the well-loved remains of the bear in the clock.

splummer said...

Great Story! Thanks for sharing. My son's favorite stuffed toy was his Bunny Rabbit. He has no eyes or nose now. And one ear is missing. Duh, I should have used that for the challenge. Oh Well, next time. Have a great New Year!