Yep, here they are the bears from Nashville, Tennesee! Early December of 2008, Jonah and Charlie Perkins set out with paper and pen (well this part of course I have to imagine as J-Bear and C-Bear were indeed a surprise for Grandpa). This past week these awesome bears arrived here in Richmond in a big flat box wrapped in brown paper. Inside the box was not only the bears but also the original drawings on white paper in a grey manila folder.
Obviously, Jonah and Charlie’s mom, Sarah had a lot to do with the bears being transformed from just an idea on paper to a final end product. Grandpa (and Grandma) are in bear-heaven as the finest toy stores in all of the U.S. and around the world have no other J-Bear or C-Bears! They are one of kind in today’s mass market world.
I have a feeling many a grandpa and grandma would also enjoy such a unique present don’t you?
It’s a real opportunity in today’s world to teach a child to really make something. I remember as kid going into my neighbor’s garage thinking, “I’d like to build a car”. Somehow that dream never became anything, because a) there were no adults around to consult with my eager mind and b) I lacked any real raw materials to build a car. (please note I was only thinking of building a scale car, much the size of a soap box derby vehicle).
Long story, short, I hope my readers will consider for their families such opportunities to encourage children. Matt and Sarah are a unique mom and dad and such are teaching Jonah and Charlie to make something of their dreams. My parents did that for me as well, and my dreams are still alive and growing.
J-Bear and C-Bear continue the adventure traveling with Al and Nancy Perkins on their jaunts across the globe.
Last day of 2008, many welcome it’s coming as 2008 has been a tough go for many a person, especially those hit by the economics of 2008. Even Greenspan said, he’d not anticipated what’s transpired this year. But hey, doesn’t it just go to prove we are human? The future is still out there in front of us, waiting and teasing us on to discover what’s next.
My wife and I are blessed to be with family today and tomorrow on the shores of New Jersey, reflecting on the many aspects of life and it’s joys and sorrows. The tree shine bright in the front room reminding us that life is about life and about love. How is it we get off of that stream of thought?
Tonight a child will suffer cold, terror and hunger. This just means you and I have much work yet to do to make this planet a better place to live. Much of modern angst is because we are not thinking of others and their plight and are too caught up listening to the wheels of our own train.
Our family will look at 2009 to see if a new child enters our fold through adoption from a far away place. Matt and Sarah have worked hard to prepare a way and place for that to happen and now we just wait to see if the miracle will be completed. What a new challenge that will bring to our little circle, to make it broader and wider and full of love and care.
Listening to Steven Bennett’s RIVER album contemplating what it means to have many friends in far away places. I guess that is why I blog, trying to reach out and say “howdy!, how’s life?” Being connected is about living and enjoying life, so we take time out of busy schedules to be together, talk together and continue to share.