See the cute little black bear baby sitting in the picture…he’s just above and to the right of Cucoo. I’ve had this little black bear baby for over 20 years. He was a gift to me and he wasn’t new at the time…He belonged to my 3 year old grandson, Doug. It was his prized possession and he carried it everywhere he went.
One weekend about 20 years ago…my son Brian, along with his wife Reva and grandson Doug traveled 75 miles to come visit. When they arrived I was sick in bed and remained there throughout their visit. I don’t exactly remember what I had, but it wasn’t anything catchy. Doug played around my bedside and when they got ready to leave, Doug hopped into the bed to kiss me goodbye and he gave me his little bear…he said it was to make me feel better.
I have carried this little bear everywhere and it’s usually in a special place in the corner of my computer room in a little hammock hanging on the wall…where I keep my prized possessions. My little visitors this weekend took it down from its home along with a big white teddy bear that has traveled throughout the U.S.A. with me and a little yellow ducky that quacks. I let my little great nieces play with the white bear and the yellow ducky, but this little black bear baby, I put on the shelf for safe keeping. I haven’t put any of the stuffed animals back into their hammock yet, but I will tomorrow.
Doug is now a 23 year old young man and I doubt if he even remembers his little bear baby that sucks its thumb. The bear can suck either thumb from each hand…it has a little hole for a mouth that the thumb fits into very snuggly. I also don’t know if anyone knows how much this little gift meant to me then and means to me now. It’s one of my most cherished possessions and perhaps when I am old and Doug is married with an adult son or daughter of his own, I’ll give them their father’s little bear to hold…or perhaps I’ll return it to Doug. After all, it did make me feel better and it has brought me joy every time I look at it…I think of Doug and how sweet he still is.
Doug is in the green and his little brother Brandon in the red shirt.