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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, September 14, 2012

American Teddy Bear Day

Looking ahead: November 14 has been designated American Teddy Bear Day.
Do you know the story behind how the 'teddy' bear got its name?
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Most (notice not all) children have had the experience of having their own special teddy bear. . .a source of love and comfort, a companion and friend, a symbol of caring and sharing. Teddy bears come in various sizes and colors but usually share the same semblance. The teddy bear is a source of calmness and warmth to a child allowing a sense of security into a fairytale, magical world.
This post is not for the purpose of solicitation but it does hold a place for awakening and awareness. While MOST children know the cuddliness of the teddy bear, there are those who have not had the opportunity to sniff, snuggle and enjoy the tickles of the fuzziness of its fur, nor have loved ones witnessed the joy of their child holding one for the first time.  In times of sickness, the teddy bear provides cuddles and softness to help ease moments of discomfort, yet there are so many children who are left to feel lost, alone and afraid.

Connecting the past to the present. . .

Click HERE for insight into how the 'teddy' bear's name connects the past to the present through the Teddy Bears for Kids Program.

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Below is an adapted version of the poem, Teddy Bear Hugs, that was published in my book Remembering, My Hand in Yours, Your Hand in Mine. The premise behind this book is to allow you (the reader) to peer into the past and make personal connections. Journal pages are introduced intermittently throughout the book affording the opportunity for reflecting on your life, recalling special moments and recording thoughts to direct your energies toward tomorrow.

In this book, the reader also becomes a writer!

What a great keepsake to pass down to a son, daughter, nephew, niece, cousin - not only for reading the words of the author but for reading in a loved one's own handwriting that personal connection as he or she peers into the past.
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Teddy Bear Hugs

there is something magical
in the hugs of a teddy bear
hugging and getting hugged
have a special place anywhere
in times of just not feeling good
moods can suddenly be shifted
bear hugs somehow understand
so spirits are quickly lifted
darkness acquires a new light
when tucked in bed all cozy and snug
dreams and memories are awakened
as sleep begins with a teddy bear hug
cuddled in secure arms, soft and warm
evocative tranquil moments occur
the teddy bear hug is never forsaken
even amidst worn-out spots or frazzled fur
loved by everyone, child and adult
the teddy bear travels anywhere wanted
the more hugs given, the more received
with comfort never ever being daunted
Sharla Lee Shults
“When a hug comes your way, cherish the moment and then give it away.” ~SLS
That's all, folks, 'til next time. . .
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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Deirdre. Always nice of you to stop by:>)

  2. Love it. In fact, for a short time I worked at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and sewed teddy bear's heads and ears together. So really, I made the head. It was a furry mess. Ha ha ha ha.

    1. Thanks for sharing about your work with the 'teddy' bear, Jeannette! In my research yesterday, I found the following: Teddy bears have seen a resurgence in popularity as international "do-it-yourself" chains have opened. Among the largest and best-known are Build-A-Bear Workshop and Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

  3. Thanks for reminding me of the origin of the name "Teddy Bear." Great story.

    1. HI, Sandy. Thank you for stopping by Awakenings. It is always good to have you visit:>)

  4. I can never believe my eyes when you put their heights in. That little duck with such detail and only 1/2 inch. Wow... unbelievable. Your work is wonderful. hugsteddy bears