Phillip's Teddy

Gregory Patrick's picture

I finally finished the bear I was working on. I call him “Phillip’s Teddy” because I was thinking an awful lot about my partner while working up the stuffing and stitches. The last 6 months have been rough for us because we haven’t been able to be together, and for the damndest of reasons: finances. But, we have hope, we have faith, and I am convinced that during our darkest of moments, we’re able to remember that the bond that he and I have cultivated cannot be shred by something as ridiculous as poverty. This bear reminds me of so many philosophies along those same lines. The teddy bear looks like it was handcrafted by someone caring for a boy who doesn’t know he’s poor (unless someone tells him). It looks like the kind of teddy bear that a boy alone on a farm clings to for companionship and love, uncaring of his imperfections and strange stitching. If we consider this crafting of knitting an art form, which it surely can be, then I’m watching my own particular art form turn into a lost version of Americana’s Folk roots in rural life. And if that’s the case, then this little teddy bear is definitely a portrait of a poor boy alone on a farm…. holding on tight to hope….I love you, Phillip. Here is your teddy bear. I miss you.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

What a manly little

What a manly little bear...here's hoping he does a good job cheering both of you up. Best wishes for better times. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Gregory, any kid would be

Gregory, any kid would be proud to have that bear whether poor on an isolated farm, or overpriveleged and spoiled in some swanky Manhattan apartment. Excellent work there, and hoping things are going to get a hell of a lot better for you and your partner again very soon. Best wishes to you.

Gregory Patrick's picture

Thank you, Chris! That was

Thank you, Chris! That was awfully kind of you! My partner is a reluctant bear...a bear seemed only natural. Cheers!

Christopher Charles's picture

That has got to be the most

That has got to be the most special and precious teddy bear I have seen. Congratulations on a job well done. I hope things get better for you and your partner. I will keep you both in my thoughts and will try to send good vibes and energy your way hoping that things get better for you two. What you wrote about the thought behind the making of the bear was very touching.