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A Little-known Aussie, Ted Bear, Esq.

Updated on April 18, 2016

You REALLY Don't Know My Ted?

Here he is in his favourite chair, sharing and spinning some yarns with his good mates - Postman Bear and Greengrass.

Of course, there are many of his ilk on this planet, and there are many humans who would claim they share their lives with 'THE BEST BEAR'.

But Ted and I smile to ourselves just a little smugly - WE know differently.

There is just ONE bear in our hearts - Ted Bear Esq.

Genealogy

I have no first-hand knowledge that Ted's parentage could be described as questionable (despite a secret, sneaking suspicion) - BUT, there IS a tiny label attached to his back stating - 'MADE IN ENGLAND'. Well...

All I can tell you is that in all the long years we've known each other, this decidedly delicate question never arose. If it had, Ted and I would have stated clearly, as if with one voice -

"WE are in no doubt - WE ARE AUSTRALIAN"

And just to be absolutely sure of this - check out the photo of Ted in all his glory, rigged out in his Adelaide Crows supporters' gear, watching one of their BIG 'footy' matches with a couple of his friends - also avid fans - Crow Bear and Crowy Stickman. If you listen carefully, you should be able to hear them cheering - "AD-E-LAIDE (clap, clap, clap) AD-E-LAIDE (clap, clap, clap)".

What Can I Say? It was Love at First Sight.

We met when I was two years and Ted was new. We cannot believe that was 67 years ago. It's as clear in our minds and hearts as if it were yesterday.

I christened him 'Ted' - as you would! (especially at that age), and we began our sharing and caring from the very first night we slept together. Ahh! - the memories!

Didn't we sweat it out one hot Xmas eve, 'bearied' together deep beneath the covers, when we could hear Father Xmas at the foot of our bed, filling our stockings. We lay there in mortal fear of the tiniest breath or movement betraying our wakefulness! Because everybody knows that if HE finds you awake, all bets are off, and there will be no presents for you this year, no sir - no way! Even all these years later, Ted and I agree that this was one of our 'closest encounters'.

By the way, sweat is not the only moisture Ted contains - he has absorbed many tears over the years. Some were happy, some hopeful - and then there were the sad and apprehensive and worrisome ones. But Ted has never been judgmental about such emotional 'melt-downs' and has simply absorbed all that came his way with great composure and quite stoic empathy.

I fondly imagine the words 'barely awake' came into being from the fact that bears never close their eyes, and the original words were actually 'bearly awake'. Ted is a great believer in the adage -

Someone’s got to keep their eyes open all the time.

We Can't Believe How Long it is

....since we were sweet young things! Feels like only yesterday (on our good days!)

Some people have found it hard to imagine Ted is truly THAT old. And so he and I discussed this, and decided I would go looking for some proof. He's such a good-looking guy - even in maturity - I'm just putty in his paws.

Well, I don't have a picture of our 'love at first sight' moment - but I DO have this photo of my birthday (maybe 4th or 5th?) when Ted and I first sat in our birthday present - our chair.

Look - it's the very same one in the first photo you saw of old Ted and his mates, telling each other 'tall' stories. (Luckily, the chair still fits Ted - but I've been just a 'tad' too tall for it for quite a few years now. (Tall in both directions, actually!)

Here is the young Ted and the young Christine, and the brand new chair (Christine is the 'party-pooper' who had to scratch her eye at the very moment of the photo)

Confessions

The other thing I should probably also do at this stage, is to 'come out of the closet' - and bare one of my deepest secrets. It's hard - but here goes - I must confess to - being - an -

ARCTOPHILE!

Just a moment! Do not fear. Do not get confused and worried.

You're thinking of pedophiles, maybe?? Oh no - that's definitely not it!

And nor are bibliophiles - who are lovers or collectors of books.

Nor is it an Anglophile (even if he does wear an English label). No, No....it's nothing like these -

an ARCTOPHILE simply loves Teddy Bears!!

Some Arctophiles have gone to great lengths to research and write all kinds of interesting facts about Famous Bears in History. Just a few get a mention in my Ezine article here -

The Enduring Significance of Bears

How embarrassing. HubPages tell me this link is broken, although I can connect to it perfectly in edit mode. The questionably good news is that a message comes up giving the reader a link that does connect to my Ezine article. Hmm...


Just look at Ted's captive audience...

It's the Small Knitty Gritty Kids. They're so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
It's the Small Knitty Gritty Kids. They're so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

But...Back to the VIB 'HERO' of our Tale - TED.

He just LOVES to tell stories about the 'Old Days' and his many exploits in this and other States of Australia. From city to country, from suburbia to the bush - he has many a tale to tell. And as you can see, clearly demonstrated here, he ALWAYS has a totally captivated audience. You could hear a pin drop! The younger generation are stunned into silence to hear of his perilous adventures.

Despite his delight in story-telling (and he has been known to embroider the truth, just a little, on occasions), he's actually extremely modest about some personal happenings. For instance, few know this, but I feel I must share with you that fact that his bravery knows no limits.

A typical demonstration of this courage was after an unprovoked and extremely unwelcome attack by a small person of totally insensitive and even cruel leanings - resulting in the necessity for me to darn a new nose on his face (without anaesthetic).

I was in tears on his behalf...but he soldiered on - saying - "I can bear it if you can" - wow!!

Sometime later, eye replacement surgery was necessary for similar reasons, but Ted declared this to be a 'stroll in the park' this time around!

Personally, I felt quite faint.

PS: Did you know the Small Knitty Gritty Kids are stars in their own right?

They have their own hub here - Soft Toy Shuffle

and an eBook about them here - Small Knitty Gritty Folk Tales

Ted wishes he knew ALL these Guys and Gals! - ..although, some faces DO look a little familiar!

Bosom Bear Buddies -

...he has a Few

Postie Bear is a valued and special friend. Precious letters issue from his Australia Post satchel...from afar, into the hands of Ted and I.

And why are they SO precious?

Well...they came from our grand-daughter, Cirena.....and of course, I shared every word with Ted. He has shared nearly as many kisses and cuddles with her as I have. And this would be the very grand-daughter who used to stuff Postie Bear's satchel full with many notes written to all the special 'soft people' who share our home, when she was about a decade younger than today.

Can you just imagine why Postie Bear assumes SUCH importance in our lives? And he always took time out from his busy day to share the latest news from our 'golden girl'.

...but Then Again...

...there's Captain Chas from Tas.

He and Ted found much to discuss and share about life on the ocean wave as opposed to not basically having very well-developed 'sea legs'. But that hasn't stopped them from becoming beary close friends (and I suspect maybe sharing the odd tot of rum along with their tall stories - I swear I've heard some 'shanty' singing VERY late at night, occasionally)

(The 'Tas' referred to above is Tasmania, actually...and Captain Chas came back with us from a holiday there. He was the Captain from 'The Spirit of Adventure' - a fine ferry that once transported holidaymakers and their vehicles back and forth across Bass Strait - a wonderfully romantic trip all on its own!)

...BUT Some Bad Habits

develop on their Own!

I have had the odd suspicion about the levels in the bottles in our 'Bar'.. BUT can't say I was really ready for this!

Ted getting UNTIDY?? WELL....I never!

On the other hand, he doesn't drink and drive....or hang out with wild women...or gamble...or raid other bears' honeypots... It could be worse.


Guess I'll continue to love him.

What do you think?

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Senior Years

Ted is quite the refined old gentleman these days despite experiencing a few health problems, as we all do. He doesn't hold his head quite so high now - and feels the cold a little more keenly each Winter (often needing one of my scarves to provide a little support and a lot of comfort). And his sight is dimming somewhat (hence the 'specs') - and he is not permitted to operate road vehicles any longer.

But, at home, so long as he can keep his bearings, I allow him to drive his antique three-wheeler bike around the Lounge (weather and health permitting), with Postman Bear and Greengrass (one of my much younger, handmade bears) getting a ride in the trailer. Quite a deal of shouting and hilarity ensue, but I pretend not to notice. This is one of their few opportunities to 'let their hair down', since Ted is a little too Senior to attend Teddy Bear Picnics any longer. He finds them a little too loud and boisterous...and prefers to live with his memories.

One of his lovelier traits, I find, is that he still needs someone older and wiser to talk to at times (don't we ALL?) - and he has no qualms or embarrassment about seeking out his beloved old Gran and Grandpa to share some gentle moments.

Bear 'By-products'

There are many of these - some fairly 'tacky', and even in unbearably poor taste, but, they do celebrate and pay tribute to the best friend of the masses -

'HE WHO LISTENS & HELPS ONE TO CRY AND TO HEAL'.

I have some favourite 'bare' necessities:

- my Red Cross biro featuring 'Trauma Teddy'

- my key ring with the essential reminder - 'When in doubt, hug your teddy'

- and a charming tea-towel with many 'beary' wise words and thoughts, like: -

'Teddy Bears Make the Best Friends Because:-

- they never beat you at Scrabble

- they don't interrupt when you're talking

but best of all -

They always love you - just the way you are'

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LOOK - Ted gets visitors - ...and they have SO much to talk about!

Ted had visitors!
Ted had visitors!

The little pink lady on Ted's left is Jemima - a quite important person in our family.

Jemima was the first 'doll' our grand-daughter Cirena was given when she was a tiny baby herself, and Jemima is a teenager now. (I don't actually know how dolly years compare to Ted years, or to doggy or even human years. Do you?)

Just like Ted, she contains many tears and secret 'little' women's business. Jemima has come to visit almost every time our grand-daughter has stayed here - which has been often (how we have LOVED that!).

Ted and his other bear buddies are all so happy to hear what Jemima has been doing and seeing since last time they were together - and she has been heard to say she has no better audience, anywhere at all.

And who's the silvery fellow in the front? Well, that is Billow - and he is a plush Seal from the Seaworld theme park in Queensland. He was a present to Cirena from her Mummy and Daddy when she used to live up there - and he is the cuddliest, snuggliest 'child' to go to bed with, Cirena says. But she finds it extremely hard to decide when Jemima is one of the choices. Sometimes she just has to take two to bed with her.


We Really Can't Bear to Say Goodbye - but We Must

Ted has asked me to share his most favourite deeply meaningful quotation before I close:-

A BEAR TEACHES US THAT IF THE HEART IS TRUE

- IT DOESN'T MUCH MATTER IF AN EAR DROPS OFF


So, it's Goodbye from Me - and it's Goodbye from Him - and it's Goodbye from his 'daughter' and 'grandies'.

NEWS FLASH! - Ted Bear IS a Star.

As bright and lively as the Kids themselves!
As bright and lively as the Kids themselves! | Source

Of course Ted Bear Esq. is a Star...

I always knew that. From the moment my 2 year old eyes first saw him. From our first cuddle I knew he was destined for greatness (except that maybe back in those days, my world being smaller then, I thought I might be the only one to truly appreciate his charms to the fullest degree). But no. His time has come - and others are saying kind words about my two books about him and his loving nature, like -

'Ted describes memories that he cherishes and holds close to his heart.'

'... deals with feelings such as love, joy, happiness, etc.'

'It's a book every child must read. ...(with) many characters, rhyming words, and new vocabulary, making it educational as well as fun.'

'Adorable Ted Bear Esq!'

'for any child who loves their teddy bear, or any adult who still cherishes the child within'

'My grandchildren love it, and so do my wife and I.'

His first eBook looks like this - Ted Bear Esq. - his photo album

and there's a second, Almost Unbearable Tales

And as if that were not enough, he has also been given a starring role on my new book site dedicated totally to my children's books. It's true.

Have a look here on my ceedee4kids site. He's featured on the front page with Gran and Grandpa, and then there's a whole Gallery of photos of him, posing all over our home. Just click on the picture above for the full view. Have a wander around the site - it's free and you can let your fingers do the walking! (... and if you should feel the necessity to leave a comment or Like it on your favourite social sites, Ted and I would be most delighted and beary appreciative)

the Best Bear Ever?

Come on, I know you just can't wait to challenge my claim.

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Any Fellow-arctophiles Who Care to Comment?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      * raises hand * I'm a arctophile! Oh my, Ted is absolutely adorable! What a beautiful lens and so very worthy of your Lens of the Day, a belated Congratulations! - Kathy

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      This was just delightful! I once owned a Teddy Bear, a very special one. My grandpa worked as a rep for a stuffed animal company, and we had lots of them offered to us. I can only remember chosing one - my beloved, eventually bedraggled, Teddy Bear! Thank you, and congratulations on the LotD!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading and meeting Ted Bear! Congratulations on a very well deserved LOTD!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Such a charming story of the life of Ted Bear told wonderfully well by one who truly loves him. You and Ted definitely deserve the honor of Lens of the Day!

      My son was given a bear he named "Teddy" as a new baby gift. "Teddy Bear" (his full name) was his constant companion for the first 4 years of his life, then Teddy Bear (showing much wear) was packed away 'just in case' he was needed again. When, at age 13, my son was helping me unpack a box after a move and came across Teddy Bear carefully wrapped up in plastic, he said "why did you save this old thing?" So I flippingly said "I'm saving him for your wife when you get married!" Do you know, I did! Among the wedding gifts was one addressed specifically to my new daughter-in-law ... this bedraggled looking, worn thin, one-eyed 'teddy bear' came with a special letter welcoming her to the family and describing her new husband to her as he was the first 4 years of his life -- all the adventures he and Teddy Bear had had together! She loved it. I, too, love Teddy Bears!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great lens topic! it is good to read something light and new.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      what a nice lens !!

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      Niki Goddard 7 years ago

      Thoroughly deserved lens of the day - congratulations, what a lovely, heart-warming story.

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      Jenny Campbell 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I still have a bear from my son's childhood. I lost mine. I loved reading this. So well written and amusing. I see that we Aussie women are still going here at Squidoo well past out 60s.

      Congrats on lens of the day!

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      Ann 7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      wonderful lens, well done

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      MikLint 7 years ago

      To be honest I am far from a fellow-arctophile but your excellent writing skills made me sigh and smile.

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      walclan 7 years ago

      Great lens, congrats of LOTD from a fellow Aussie and teddy bear lover!

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      walclan 7 years ago

      Great lens, congrats for LOTD from another Aussie and teddy bear lover!

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Congratulations on getting LOTD. Lovely lens.

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      This is a really unique lens and worthy of Lotd. Congratulations.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Aaaa- how lovely! A really enjoyable lens- congratlations on LOTD

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous - what fun to read and I love the photos alongside your story. You have do have a gift for writing, thank you.

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      dustyangel lm 7 years ago

      aaawwww..... what a lovely story. Too funny, I crocheted a Crows rug for my mother exactly like Ted's! Proof that he's an Aussie, just look at the photo in the bar. We all have photos like that one here in oz, Ted included. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely tribute to your long-time friend. I enjoyed it very much.

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      Thank you SO much, everyone! What a wonderful surprise I received in an insomniac episode in the wee small hours today. Ted is speechless with joy but SO thankful that I talk and write so volubly - and he said to tell you we are both honoured and ecstatic. SO many good things happening to me this week...and angel blessings, too. Maybe I died and went to heaven, and didn't know it yet? Thank you most sincerely from both of us.

      Christine

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      thanks234 7 years ago

      gooooooood i loved your lens thanks

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens. Congrats on LOTD. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Lenses That Shine.

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      jonocull 7 years ago

      Congrats on your lotd award, Ted bear is the luckiest little bear in the world well one.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD award. And it's great to see another person from Australia on Squidoo.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      This is delightful! Like reading a grown-up children's book:-) Loved every bit...amazing that you have had this little friend for most of your life...and a sometimes rascally friend at that, and GLAD that he...and you...are quite famous now! Congrats on the LOTD - have you told Ted about it yet? :-) ~claudia

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      christoformia 7 years ago

      Lovely lens! My friend was a puppydog named Snoopy. Had him from birth, and lost him when I moved at age 11. Now at 37 I still think about him. I have three kids and the first gift upon each one's birth has been, you guessed it, a puppy dog.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      It is so cute and well done,

      congratulation, well deserved LOTD

      regards

      Michey

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      What a beary delightful lens! I wonder where my old teddy is??? She's an Aussie too y' know.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love your story. I have a friend who also loves bears. I will direct her to your lovely write up :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Stopping by again to congratulate you on your well-deserved LOTD!! Way to Go!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Absolutely delightful LOTD!! Congratulations!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      You're on the roll! :) 2nd place in Fresh Squid Contest and now LoTD! :) Well done, my lady!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      Christine! This is absolutely adorable!!!! And I love Ted's name! Such a totally cute idea for a lens!! Thanks so much for sharing Ted with all of us! Congratulations to you AND Ted on your LOTD win!!!

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Oh, I wish I had a Ted of my own from my childhood. I have several plush pals, including a pair of beloved brown bears, one in camo and the other in a leather flying jacket, but they joined me after my own babes had left the nest. Ted is a good chap - celebrate your LOTD together, but keep an eye on those bar bottles.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a sweet lens.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! sweet lens...I sill have my first Teddy, although a bit worn

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day. Great Lens! I love my teddy. He watches over me every night while I sleep.

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      dewanto 7 years ago

      i beg your pardon, just ignore the previous comment.

      here my truly comment, sorry, i'm still learn here....

      i love your story, very great lens

      thank you

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      very lovely story, great lens

      i wanna study here

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wonderful! I love you style and the fact that you've had your bear all your life (s)! Blessings, to you both!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, Christine ~ I don't think I've read such a great lens in a very long time. I laughed, I teared up.... Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on the well-deserved LOtD!! Thumbs up, favorite, lensroll, facebook.... wonderful!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      darling story and lens about your teddy bear! I love them too. Lensrolled to my Teddy bear gifts lens.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      very lovely lens :)

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      I've always loved teddy bears, I had quite a few of them! Congratulations on LOTD, well done!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I love teddy bears...and loved your story. Congratulations on LotD!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD! Thanks for telling your sweet story about your fav teddy bear.

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Oh my goodness... you've had him since you were two!? That's amazing. He's still in such perfect condition! I love teddy bears. I'm blessing your lens today.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lovely lens...thanks for sharing the stories of Ted!!

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @LizMac60: ...and lensrolled back to you...check your lenses for messages from my Best Ted, to yours!

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @ArdiPendobrak: thank you Ardi...and good luck to another 'newbie'

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @SusannaDuffy: I'm sure they ARE related - SO many 'shared' charasterics. Thank you for everything!

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      easyforyouebooks 7 years ago

      Hi Christine

      What a lovely lens - who would have thought that you could get so much interesting information out of looking into the world of Teddy Bears. I love the way you make it into a story by using your imagination!!! You are so clever with words and this lens is a piece of art in itself. Great work - love it!!!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely lens. I'm lensrolling it to my best bear lens Woolly doughnut. All the best.

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      How absolutely delightful! I met my beloved near, Teddy, (similar name - maybe they were related?) when I was two and he stayed loyal to me for many years before I lost him in a bushfire in 1981. His memory is always with me (I'm a bit of an arctophile myself) This lens has been blessed ,not just for the excellent work in putting it together and the absolutely fabulous topic, but for the very real pleasure in reading it.

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      ArdiPendobrak 7 years ago

      hmmm..very nice