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The mystery of the purple teddy bear
A few days ago, I found a purple teddy bear lying on the grass in front of our house. It was lying by our garage wall, therefore out of site of houses numbers. 2 & 3 where children live. I assumed that one or more children had been playing and -- as children often do -- had forgotten to take all their toys back in with them.

So I put purple teddy on the wall surrounding the parking area at the front where the families from numbers 2 & 3 would see him as they went in and out. And there he sat for several days. I had to steel myself against the urge to bring him in out of the rain because no one seemed to want him. One thing consoled me as I saw him sitting looking forlorn in the torrential downpour. He was a very new-looking teddy, not an old, well-loved toy, so I wasn't worried that a child had lost an old favourite.

This morning I went out to the garage to get the archive boxes that I'd put on Freecycle[*] and found he'd half slipped off the wall. He'd been ignored for so long by the inhabitants of numbers 2 & 3 that I'd come to the conclusion that someone walking past must somehow have lost him, though I couldn't quite see how he'd end up behind our garage, but just at that moment, the woman from number 2 emerged with her two children and I attracted her attention and mentioned the poor abandoned teddy. She said he belonged to number 3. I said, "But he's been sitting on the wall for days and they must have seen him, so he can't be theirs." She had a brief conversation with her two small children and the mystery was solved.

Purple teddy used to belong to the children at number 2, but they gave him to the children at number 3 -- presumably without making clear to number 3's mum that this was ok with their mum. So both families now assumed that he belonged to the other one!

So I'm pleased to say that purple teddy has been re-adopted by his original family and taken indoors to dry out. :)

[*] Three people are interested! Whee! More clutter gone soon!

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ellarien From: ellarien Date: August 22nd, 2012 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I can just see this as a picture-book story!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 22nd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does have possibilities, but I'll let someone else write it. :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 22nd, 2012 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Phew! Mystery solved!

We often see an assortment of abandoned jumpers and other clothing when walk past Liem's school on the weekend, and we also have to doublecheck it any of them might actually be Liem's (we can't actually enter the schoolground to check). No doubt all the other parents are doing the same...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 22nd, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course growing up where I grew up (a rough area of NE Manchester), I am always surprised that any toys left out overnight are still there in the morning. If it couldn't run away or wasn't firmly fastened down, it would be nicked. But astonishingly, despite the way the locals moan about not being able to go out and leave the house unlocked, things mostly remain unstolen here.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: August 22nd, 2012 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I was beginning to get seriously concerned!
And yes, I agree with ellarien - there's a story in there...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 22nd, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so glad it's resolved because I was feeling sorry for the poor thing. I had to keep firmly telling myself, "It's just an inanimate object. It doesn't have feelings." But I was on the point of taking it in and trying to find it a new home, so it's just as well it was claimed. :)
From: cmcmck Date: August 22nd, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! Poor teddy. :o(

I suppose as a bear collector, I would say that! :o)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 22nd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was a very modern purple teddy and probably of no interest or value to a collector, but it was taking a huge effort of will not to feel sorry for it. I really should not let my imagination run away with me.
From: cmcmck Date: August 23rd, 2012 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
They're all members of the genus Ursus Edwaardus Domesticus in the end as far as I'm concerned. :o)
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: August 23rd, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
As owner of a small purple bear myself, I'm very glad that Purple Bear found a proper home!
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: August 25th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Freecycle is the best, isn't it? I got rid of a TV that way, and gained an ice cream maker.

Very glad the teddy bear's residence status has been cleared up!
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