A little story for you… when I had laser eye surgery a few years back the doctor gave me a valium to calm my nerves. And in case that was not enough, as I lay down on the table he handed me a teddy bear. Now for a moment I thought that was pretty silly for him to hand me, a grown woman, a teddy bear. But you bet your life I held onto that teddy bear while the laser was doing its work on my precious eyes. And it helped a little bit. Maybe it was a bit of regression, but it made me feel better.
There’s something about a teddy bear that’s comforting. And in that vein, in these anxious and unsure times, teddy bears have been popping up around the neighborhood. People have been placing them in their windows for the children (and let’s be honest, the adults as well) to spot on their walks around the neighborhood. Call it a warm, fuzzy scavenger hunt. Before you go out, I recommend you watch this video of the popular children’s rhyme “We’re going on a bear hunt” and then you must sing it as you’re walking around the neighborhood. We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re gonna to catch a big one
While we can’t be together with our neighbors and friends during these trying times, it’s a way of saying we’re in this together. So next time you’re on a walk (six feet away at least from all of your neighbors) see how many teddy bears you can find. And if you have a cute little bear at home, give him a spot in your front window to say hello.
I was all set to do this when I realized: we have no stuffed bears! So, I found a picture online, printed it out and put it in the window. Going to change it up every so often.