Teddy II is a smallish, honey-colored stuffed bear who resides at one end of my sofa. His previous home was of course, at Lemon & Lavender. He was no doubt infused with some of the fairy dust which would account for his unique, enchanting nature. We want you to know up front that Teddy II is NOT a new-age Winnie the Pooh knock-off. Any resemblance to Pooh and friends is purely coincidental or a figment of the imagination. Teddy II is his own bear with his own diverse, lovable friend group.
How did such an engaging little bear come by such an uninspired name, one might ask? When my daughter was born, more years ago than I care to specify, a dear friend came to visit. She brought a cute little pink stuffed bear. This bear over the years was always referred to as Teddy. In fact, Teddy still lives with my daughter and granddaughter. There was never any thought to name him anything else.
When I discovered the new teddy and brought him home, I contemplated what his perfect name might be. There was a myriad of viable options. When all was listed and done, Teddy II was the only name that stuck.
Before moving on, Teddy II insisted I give a shout out to some of his besties. Here’s to:
Hermione, the very shy, yet pleasant, Hedgehog, is a nocturnal creature. Although she spends her days curled up in a ball, she always shows up when it matters.
Sammy the Squirrel is also known as Mr. Sociable. There are those, however, who refer to him as Sammy Snooper Squirrel. He has the pulse of everything going on throughout the environs.
Millicent Moose is very near sighted, but has exceptional senses of hearing and smell. Millie is generally very peaceful, but you sure don’t want to cross her.
Percival Possum joined the friend group upon his arrival from Australia. One day we hope to hear the amazing tale of his journey.
Winnie the Wild Turkey is quite extraordinary. She is curious, inquisitive, a problem solver, and good at geography.
Last, but certainly far from least, is Sebastian and Stella Skunk. This percipient pair over time evolved into the spiritual leaders of the group.
Perhaps we may become privy to the group dynamics and individual stories of this unusual collection of critters. I suppose that will all depend on whether Teddy II chooses to spill the tea.
Comments are welcome.