tripping the life unbalanced

Monday, January 08, 2007

oh where oh where can this little bear be

The loss of a favourite toy can be devastating to a child. Especially if said child has slept with, traveled with, talked to, hugged and kissed the toy every day of her life since birth. It can be even more devastating to the parents, who first feel terrible that their child feels such pain. And then they feel even worse when they realise that their child needs - absolutely, unequivocally needs - the favourite toy to sleep. This is the stuff of nightmares, people.

We have some good friends - C&D - who are currently going through this dilemma. Their almost-two-year old daughter, full of the same spitfire and energy that befalls Alice, recently lost her favourite bear. Bear fell out of the stroller (they think) somewhere on the streets of Woodstock, Ontario, and now the child is bereft with grief. She won't sleep without it and is driving her poor parents to distraction (and, more possibly, hard liquor). They have tried to locate a similar bear (as in - hey look! Bear grew up!), but, as luck would have it, this particular bear was purchased in Denmark a few years ago and is virtually untraceable.

So my poor friend has asked me to post this picture of Bear here, to see if anyone has seen a bear that looks like this anywhere in the world. Teddy bears are a dime a dozen, I know, but if you knew this child and her penchant for screaming...well, you would want these parents to have one small break. Please. For the love of Bear. Let me know if you have seen a teddy bear like this before.

Won't you help a mama get some sleep?


  • You are a good friend, Kate.

    By Anonymous Camilla, at 9:15 p.m.  

  • Oh god I know what these parents are going through so I will keep an eye out for another bear. We lost (and thankfully recovered) Bumper's monkey a while back and it was really hard to take.

    By Blogger MotherBumper, at 10:05 p.m.  

  • I have become an expert at making pathetic signs that inspire great sympathy for similar causes.

    By Blogger Marla, at 10:25 p.m.  

  • oh that is the worst. we lost 'teddy' while xmas shopping, and we have lost many special things over the 10 years we have had kids. It breaks my heart because for them the greif is as real as a true death for us I think.
    We did replace one thing, a pretty pony that was the be all and end all for bigirl when she was 5. We paid 20$ on ebay.

    Oh, good luck!

    By Blogger crazymumma, at 10:58 p.m.  

  • Hi, I am high-jacking Kate's comment page to announce that the Bear came home! A little girl found him in the grocery store parking lot, and just dropped him off.

    Thanks for the kind (and understanding) comments, and thanks to Kate for writing the post!

    Now I have to go back to jumping up and down and singing "Happy Bear, Happy Bear" with my daughter.

    By Anonymous Camilla, at 4:44 p.m.  

  • Incredible! What a wonderful happy ending to the search for the much loved bear.

    By Blogger something blue, at 5:50 p.m.  

  • I logged on to offer to help search Scandi toy sites, but see Bear has been found. Yay!

    By Blogger karrie, at 8:34 p.m.  

  • Have you put a want it now on eBay. Someone else placed one about a lost ladybird toy and we had one exactly the same, so they received ours. If you want to see BLOG about a teddy bear who has found a new home see
    Hope you find your bear.

    By Anonymous whitty1, at 1:42 p.m.  

  • oh joyous day to hear that teddy was found!

    By Blogger crazymumma, at 10:18 p.m.  

  • Add a little romance by sending this personalized "I Love You" teddy bear greeting with his/her first name. You don't need an occasion . . . Just choose the teddy bears color and treat (lollipop or toy pinwheel).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:41 a.m.  

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