Free Write Friday: Childhood Gift … Bear

A tougher challenge this week ~ at least for me.

Here’s what Kellie Elmore has asked us to write about:

free-write-friday-kellie-elmore“Write about your most memorable childhood gift. Was it a Christmas gift? A Birthday gift? Was it something you really wanted or was it a surprise that ended up holding a sentimental place in your heart? What do you remember? How did it make you feel?”

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Trust Bear

Bear

UpHeaVal,

Instability

Spelled a childhood to be

Survived.

A bear clutched;

My security

Blanket. A gift from

Me to my heart

Though by others made

Manifest.

Secrets kept and

Wept over

In secret ~

Together. No

Judgment. Just

The stable warmth

Of the fuzzy

Inanimate. Safe

In my arms;

Secure in my

Heart.

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The bottom line is my childhood memories are cloudy. The single treasure that comes to mind? A small, well-hugged and dog-eared brown bear named Boo Boo (think Yogi Bear … I had him too). It was a sad day when, at age 10 or so, I finally laid him to rest after a savage mauling at the jaws of the family cocker spaniel (or I think that’s how he met his demise. Another memory blotted … and possibly just as well.)

There have been many bears since. I have a home filled with lovely collectible ones.

And, of course, it’s little wonder I have nicknamed my companionable horse Bear … 😉

The Greeting

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013