Tired Old Teddy

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A very old teddy bear

Teddy is 64 years old today...talk about OLD!

Good grief!  This old bear looks tired and worn out huh?  Well, perhaps that’s because he is.  He’s 64 years old today.  Look at those RED button eyes……he must have had either not enough sleep OR too many cocktails last night.  Actually, I hear that when his original eyes fell off, someone replaced them with red buttons…..for some weird and forgotten reason.  Another thing you notice is he’s not exactly WHITE and black anymore either…. more like way-off-white and black.  He’s had a tough life.  

Teddy was born in Louisville, Kentucky.  Here’s a picture of him when he was not even a year old:

Teddy and Mom

He looked better back in 1947 didn't he?!

He had a red ribbon around his neck and those wiggily black and white eyes old stuffed animals used to have. 

This old bear has lived all over the place in his life…..Virginia, Alabama, New York, Germany, Taiwan – he’s seen the world.  But never fear………..he didn’t do that all on his own – oh no he sure didn’t.  Know why?

Because he accompanied my Mom.  He was her birthday present on the day she was born.  September 25, 1947 and he’s spent every single day since then with her. 

I’m a little bit jealous…….although I intend to spend the rest of MY days with Mom too!

Happy Birthday Mom

Sammy

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  1. What a sweet post for your Mom, Sammy!!
    Please tell her Happy Birthday from my Mom & me! I love that you wrote about her childhood teddy. That’s great that she still has him, but I’m sure you have nothing to be jealous about. YOU have her heart!
    Love
    Sundae

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    • Hi Miss Dianna and Sundae! I told Mom you wished her a happy birthday and she smiled REAL BIG. That old teddy sits on the couch in her studio and sometimes I have to share space with it for napping so we’ve become friends. I feel sorry for the bear with its red eyes…..Mom gets those too sometimes from staring at the computer too long! Thanks again for being so sweet to join me in wishing Mom a happy birthday. She’s the best Mom ever (although I’m sure you feel the same way about YOUR Mom don’t you Sundae!!).

      Love from me AND my Mom
      Sam

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  2. …..and as your big sister, I remember the day this picture was taken. You were living in Levittown, Long Island, New York on (sorry about this) ‘Barnyard Lane.’ And you and your bear were the two cutest little creatures there ever were!!! Happy Birthday sister ! Bear, Sammy, and I love you very much.
    Carol Dean

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    • Hi Sister Dear! Sam allowed me the honor of responding to your post….thanks for the birthday wishes – I love you very much too…..!!! Oh – and because I DO love you, I’ll ignore that “creature” comment….HAHAHAHAHA

      Hugs from ME and Sam (and the old, crusty bear too!)

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    • Hi Layla….Pam here (Sam’s sitting here agonizing over what to blog about today)……I’m so glad I have the old photo of me in my rocker with my teddy at my feet. What you probably can’t quite see is that in my right hand I’m holding a carrot. Apparently at that age, carrots were my favorite snack (I’m guessing it just felt good on my tooth-sprouting sore gums). It’s fun to have “then and now” photos – I’ve come a long way from that smiley faced me with my carrot to the winkle faced me with my computer keyboard.

      Pam

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  3. HELLO I have a bear that looks exactly like yours but its brown! Id love to figure out if you know where you go it? MY dad said my grandpa won it from a circus game. This bear is more important to me than most of the people in my life. I just thought it was cool to see another one like mine.

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    • Hi Ashley……actually my parents bought that bear for me on my first birthday which was 64 years ago when we lived in Long Island, NY. I have no idea where it was purchased though – somewhere local there I’m sure. It’s grand that you have the same bear…..I’m glad I still have my old beat up bear AND the photo of me with it when it was new. So many years ago……

      Pam

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