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    I missed it - I was at work when the diary went up and just got home.  

    Teddy Bears are Real.  My teddy bear is 55 years old - he'll be 56 on Christmas.  His name is Grossie Bear - he goes every where with me - I never travel without him.  

    My son has Grossie Bear II - he'll be 33 in June - he's 2 months older than my son, as he was a baby shower gift from my parents.  His Grossie Bear goes pretty much every where he goes, too - he was even at the wedding and we have pictures of everybody passing Grossie around dancing with him :)  Try living that down as an adult with all of your school and scout buddies in hysterics over having "the most important person next to your new wife" in attendance.  My ex did a wonderful toast that included Grossie Bear.  I thought our son would be really embarrassed, but once he realized everybody was like "Yayyyy!  Grossie Bear!" and started taking turns dancing with him, it was really funny.  

    When my dad was in Hospice the nurses gave him a teddy bear, too.  His was made out of blue USAF fabric - there's a group that makes teddy bears for Hospice in Ocala - they make them out of all kinds of fabric - Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, college mascots, soft pastel fuzzy ones, there are always at least 50 bears to choose from.  They are fairly large - sitting down they are about 15" tall.  They make lots of not "super cuddly cutesy" bears for the vets that come through hospice, because some of them don't want a super cuddly bear, but they'll take a bear that shows their pride in their branch of service.  My dad was a WWII vet and he said he didn't want a bear, but my mom picked the Air Force bear for him.  He kept it in the bed and liked using it as sort of an extra pillow.  When visitors came they would ask about it, and he would talk about when he was in the service - lots of laughter shared those last couple of weeks.  The bear was good for making my dad's last days happy ones.  My mom treasures it.  

    Teddy Bears are universal - no matter who you are, they bring smiles and comfort.  I'm so glad you did this, llbear, and that enough people chipped in to get enough bears for Sara & Ann.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Fri May 31, 2013 at 05:24:21 PM PDT

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