From birth I've been a bit of a gypsy, never living long in one place. I've sailed solo round the world and love travelling, believing that it is often better to travel wisely than to arrive. A life without dreams is like a butterfly without wings, it cannot fly.
5 August 2014
Hanna Part 5
Pippa and Squeak my childhood bears
Those that know me well, know that I have a very
large collection of teddy bears. Not only that, but when travelling I would
also take my oldest bears from my childhood with me. When doing so there was
always the danger of loosing them with the suitcase if that went missing, which
on occasions mine did, so I carried them in my hand luggage. These two bears
are as old and decrepit as me, also wear glasses and are fragile.
Hanna knew the value of the bears and decided that
I needed a new travel bear and presented me with one on a birthday, quite early
in our relationship. She also personalised it by stitching some letters on one
of its trouser legs which in German is the equivalent of saying, “I love you!” As all my bears have names
and histories I quickly named this bear “Jamie” after a little boy I used to
know. I have used the bear on occasions as a motive for cards and here is one of him on an anniversary card.
Now Hanna had a travel bear too called “der Reisebär”. These two bears have accompanied us on ALL
our travels together and mine, is a circumnavigator to boot.
They would sit together in whatever accommodation
we found and watch whatever we got up to. Thankfully bears as anyone will tell you can
keep secrets. They also protect one, children especially, from the dangers of
In her Will Hanna mentioned that I might like to
have her “Reisebär”, which needless to say I do. I am going away for a few days
on Thursday so I went and got the said bear. I have named her (she was always a
female even though she had no name) Hanna, and so now these two love bears will
never be parted again, for in the past when not on holidays or travel
adventures they lived separate lives. Now they live together with me and will
share the many adventures to come.