I decided to go through a small box containing non-functioning watches, cheap plastic watches that need batteries, and various parts, bracelets, and straps. I came across a badly scarred Armitron plastic sports watch that I cast aside because a new battery costs more than to simply replace the watch. The plastic strap could be used to repair another Armitron that still had a strong battery.
A different defective watch had earlier been “assigned” to Bed Bear, the teddy bear that “guards” the bedroom. (I wrote about him last October 9th on this blog.) The watch repair was overdue. The strap swap was quick and easy. Because Saturday was National American Teddy Bear Day, it was time to vacuum Bed Bear’s coat. Bed Bear is clean with his watch now repaired and reset. I placed him aside to photograph later.
Vacuuming the teddy bear, inspired me to refresh three other stuffed toy bears I had received in previous years as Valentine’s gifts. I vacuumed them and returned them to storage. There was one more bear to clean. A bear I use each day. (Who uses bears?)
It’s a heavy, resin replica shelf sitter designed by entrepreneur Jeff Fleming. My “Bearfoots Bear” was a birthday gift. “Handy” was designed to hold a cellphone or a small framed picture. “Handy” the bear props up my iPod, keeping it ready to use. This bear got a quick soap and water bath and then towel dried. He’s as good as new.
Anyway, the cleaning of the bears was just for fun and to affirm that grown adults can enjoy displaying teddy bears.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes novelist, Colson Whitehead. “Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do.”