Hello good people.. Today (January 24th) is the one year anniversary of the sad day when we lost our sweet Bear #1 and Bear #2. Despite all of our best efforts, our Bears haven’t found their way home. Although we are sad that they are not with us, we are happy and grateful to have the Bear family that we do. We cannot thank you all enough for the encouragement and kindness you have shown us. Bear #3 and #4, Monsieur Bear and little Cowbear have been a great comfort to us, as well as helping us out in our search too! So, I wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has kept with us and supported us this year, as well as the kind folks who sent such lovely new Bears to us. Thank you.
My Sad Plan..
I was feeling sad, thinking about the day we lost the Bears.. I remembered all the feelings I had felt, and how gloomy it all was. In this sad state I formed an idea that we should return to the place we lost the Bears 1 year ago. I imagined us taking Bear #3, Bear #4, Cowbear and the Monsieur to see a movie in the same theatre where Bear #1 and Bear #2 had gone missing. We haven’t been back to the movies since the day we lost them; just the thought of going to the movies makes me feel ill… We could take some pictures, say a little prayer, and stoically walk through that theatre once again. I announced my plan (though no-one seemed very enthusiastic) and prepared for this sad vigil.
Bears don’t like that..
When we woke up on the day of this planned outing, the Bears were nowhere to be seen. Usually they are up and running around, but today it was completely silent. A quick jolt of fear ran through me.. What demonic trick was the universe playing on me?! Then I heard some scuffling in the cabinet next to my bed. I opened it slowly and there they were.
Bear #3 was in front with her arms outstretched as if to protect the other Bears. From me? After a little coaxing (ginger ale and doughnuts did the trick) the Monsieur softly explained that they were scared of going to the theatre. “You see monsieur, we are frightened that one of us might get lost in this terrible place where Bear #1 and #2 went missing.. We are very happy here together, and we think it is unwise to tempt fate in such a way… Perhaps we could think of another way to recognize this sad day?”.
I realized the folly of my plan. I had been thinking about my own sad feelings and not considering how everyone else might be feeling. In my attempt to honor the Bears I was actually doing them a disservice. Bear #1 and Bear #2 would never want us to feel sad; bears hate feeling sad. The best way to honor the Bears would be to do something fun, something fancy..
A Fancy Feast!
We decided to go all out and have a feast worthy of Bears! We got chicken pot pies (one of Bear #1 and Bear #2′s favorite dishes), cheeses, and cakes too! We put on some of our favorite music and had a great time looking at pictures and videos of Bear #1 and Bear #2! We all laughed and ate our fill.
We had a great evening celebrating Bear #1 and Bear #2. I am happy the Bears helped me come to my senses. Otherwise, there would be more sad memories instead of more happy ones!
Wishing you all a great 2011.