My middle child has had this bear since her first birthday. He has become part of our family. Most children have a beloved creature like this in their lives; I think it’s an external reminder of how vulnerable children are as they explore the enormous world around them.
Does that vulnerability ever leave us? Or do we forever need some sort of talisman in our lives, anchoring us to love, to safety, to continuity? This bear often reveals to me how tender we are, how easily wounded and how important it is we give space to that vulnerability and never harden against it, lest we lose the openness it offers.