I heard on our morning news here in South Africa, that today is ‘Teddy Bear Friday’. We’re supposed to hug a Teddy today, and if we know someone who isn’t lucky enough to have one, we should buy them one, as no-one should be without their own lovable Teddy Bear. I have quite a few, but thought you might like to meet Horace who is about twenty-five years old. He lives a life of luxury, just lounging around all day, but is very cheap to feed and never answers back. He’s definitely a keeper.
Did you know that Teddy Bears have been around since the early 20th century? They were named after US President Theodore Roosevelt, who was commonly known as ‘Teddy’, a name which he was not at all fond of. The name came about after an unfortunate incident on a hunting trip in Mississippi, which involved the killing of an America Black Bear. This cartoon was published in the Washington Post in 1902.
If you want to read more about the story, you can find it here: http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/site/c.elKSIdOWIiJ8H/b.8684621/k.6632/Real_Teddy_Bear_Story.htm
Please don’t forget to hug your Teddy on his special day!