When my parents moved out of my childhood home last year, they gave me lots of old photos. I was rummaging through those yesterday when I came across a photo of me with my first-ever friend.
I was 10 weeks old when that photo was taken. (Teddy was wearing diapers because my father wanted me to have some company in that department.) I look a lot different now, but Teddy has “bearly” changed at all. Here he is today.
Looks pretty good for a middle-aged bear, doesn’t he? However, he’s very dusty and has a few small holes. I might take him to the Doll Hospital for a little work. Hey, bears of a certain age sometimes need some help to look their best. There’s no shame in that.
Another photo that jumped out at me was one taken about nine months after the picture of Ted and me.
I literally laughed out loud at the sight of my infant-sized red overalls and white top because I wore a larger version of that outfit 15 years later.
I must confess that I’ve started browsing online for red overalls because I’m amused by the thought of taking a third photo of this look. My 1980s nostalgia makes these Guess shortalls appealing. I was allll about Guess in the ’80s.
This one by Dondup looks very sex-ay over bare skin.
Check out the back.
A cocktail-dress version would be fabulous. It would also be less likely to look like a Santa costume.
Let me know if you see any other interesting options!
UPDATED TO ADD: My father, GeorgeB, commented on this post, and I don’t want you to miss it, so here it is:
“Teddy looks just about the same as when I bought him Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. I don’t remember why I went to Philly but do remember walking into Wanamaker’s and seeing that bear and thinking this is something that [Wendy] will keep.”
He was right!
And here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Wikipedia: Wanamaker’s was the first department store in Philadelphia and one of the first ones in the U.S. I feel strangely pleased to know that.