Clifford Berryman's (April 2, 1869 – December ...

Teddy Roosevelt Saving a Bear. Teddy Bears Get Their Name from This 1902 Incident

One of the pillows on the couch at my son’s house is one I made for him more than 30 years ago, out of a washcloth with panda bears on it, red corduroy and red yarn fringe.

My other son still has the plush red lobster toy we got for him when we visited Maine when he was 10.

One of my grandchildren pointed out recently that I have a teddy bear in every room of my house.

One of them is a teddy bear I made for a son that he loved so much he wanted his picture taken with it that year.

I had asked him to wear a tie for the picture. The tie went on the bear instead. It is one of my favorite pictures.

When I was in high school, I won a giant white teddy bear at the Texas State Fair.

When I told my mother how disappointed my friend was that she had not also won a teddy bear, she suggested a compromise.

I would give the teddy bear to my friend on her birthday with the understanding that we would keep giving it back and forth to each other on birthdays and other holidays so we could share it.

We kept up that tradition until we went to college.

Do your children still have one of their favorite toys? Do you?

Who gave it to you? Where were you when you got it? What does it remind you of?

To memories long-standing and new with your grandchildren.

Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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