Thursday, May 14, 2009

Things I Never Thought I’d Say

Some of you that received my email yesterday have already read this, but I thought I’d share it here with my blogging buddies and readers. You see, not everything goes smoothly when you are a bear artist. There are little unexpected events that occur when you least expect it. (Okay that was redundant . . .)

Because I have an Internet show coming up in a couple of weeks, I needed to tell the bears about it. I can never quite predict how the teddy bears are going to respond when I break the news about a show. For weeks now, they’ve been sitting on my desk slowly growing in numbers one by one. I’ve gotten rather attached to seeing them there watching me as I sew. Then it occurred to me that I had to tell them about the show before too much more time had passed. I wanted to give them time to adjust emotionally to the fact that some of them may well be going to new homes.

I braced myself and rehearsed what I would say thinking that there would be a few teary eyes in the bunch and others would try to be stoic and not let their reactions be so visible. I had a feeling I might even have one or two that would just stand up, drag themselves over to the desk leg, slide down and walk off to be by themselves. I had to face the fact that time was running out and I really, really had to tell them.

I got their attention fairly easily as they had been lazing around on one of our sunny springtime days. I told them I had something important to tell them. Trying to put as positive a spin on it as possible I added that I hoped they would be excited because it could mean bright new futures for some of them. Their ears perked up and those who had not been paying me much attention suddenly trained their eyes on me. This was going to be so, so difficult. Finally, I thought to myself, "Treat it like you do ripping off a bandaid. Just get it over with and do it really fast”. So I did. I said “My next teddy bear Internet show is in two weeks and that’s when you all will make your debut and perhaps even find new homes.”

There was a momentary pause . . .

and then I found myself saying things I never in all my life thought I would say. Things like “That pincushion is not a trampoline!” “Ribbons are not to be used as Tarzan vines!” “No, the dog is not going to be giving ‘pony’ rides!” “It’s against the law to set off firecrackers anywhere, much less in my studio!” “That water bowl is not to be used as a wading pool!” “No, you cannot sell rides on the ceiling fan!” “Turning the light on and off really fast is not the same as a strobe light!”

Ah, chaos. I guess it’s good that they’re taking the news so well. I hope they’ll calm down shortly – I need a nap.


  1. Oh Ginger They can be a handful. Thanks for the bright spot in my day, once again. Sharon

  2. I loved reading about your bears.

  3. cute bears, thank you for sharing this moments.

  4. Wow the bears are really excited! I can't wait either!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  5. That was absolutely adorable... you need an illustration of the whole event!

  6. Cute Cute Cute...The visuals had me giggling! You do tell a wonderful tale!

    Have a terrific weekend~
    Hugs, Nancy

  7. Too funny...I can see that those little guys starting a conga line too, singing "We're going to a new home-we're going to a new home!" LOL ...have a honey of a day! Marlene :O)

  8. That little story could easily turn into an adorable little book...I so enjoyed your telling of it.


  9. You should totally do a book!!! thanks for sharing such an awesome story:)


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