My last post, "Spring Fever" mentioned that I was on a mission to declutter and become more organized. With great embarrassment, I have to admit that I fell off the proverbial wagon this weekend. Let me explain. I went to a church rummage sale which will give you a hint of how my good intentions began to unravel. Now I have very fond memories of church rummage sales. There was a time growing up when money was tight and my mother started shopping at church rummage sales. I still remember the delight I felt at being able to buy a toy or trinket for only 25 cents. Fast forward many years and here I was going to a church rummage sale again. Due to a few wrong turns, I ended up at the sale a little late. There wasn't much of interest left and on a whim, before leaving, I stopped at the toy table. My hands seemed to reach out of their own volition and picked up a golden, honey coloured teddy bear. And then I was lost.
I could tell right away that he was a "quality" bear. He was made of real wool with jointed arms and legs. I think he's stuffed with straw or wool as he feels surprisingly firm and is quite weighty.
He hadn't been played with very much as he was really clean with hardly any wear. Usually I avoid looking at used toys as I can't help thinking of the years of childish spit and vomit that might have accumulated on them. But, even though the ad for the church sale said that it was on until 2pm, at 12.30 the charity vans were already outside waiting to take away the leftovers and the volunteers were packing up. I couldn't bear (yes, pun intended) the thought of Honey Bear going off to landfill.
Even worse was the thought that he had been loved and very carefully looked after for many a long year and now was about to be dumped unceremoniously into a garbage bag and thrown into the back of a truck. So I asked, "How much?" And I can report that inflation hasn't any meaning on hallowed ground because, even after so many years, the price was still 25 cents! So you see, I didn't have any choice.
I think he makes a very good model, don't you? With the recent demise of Kodak, I thought Honey Bear looked especially poignant with a few old Kodak film canisters, another relic of a bygone era.
Besides, there isn't any doubt that, despite his age, Honey Bear is still extremely photogenic. I think he's found his forever home with me.