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Oh No! Bear Has Holes!

Oh No! Bear Has Holes!

How can it be that Bear has holes? They’re only itty-bitty, teenie-tiny holes, but yes, Bear has holes and Cadence was devastated. “Here Mom, you keep him. I don’t want his holes to get bigger if I sleep with him,” Cadence said sadly as she handed Bear over for safekeeping to her mom.

This may not be a big deal with some, but when you are only 3 and 1/2 and your very best Bear friend has holes and you are in fear of him coming apart in your hands it can be traumatic.

Bear’s no ordinary bear. There’s a story behind Bear. About twenty-one years ago Andrew received a bear from his aunt. He grew to love it, slept with it, ate with it, dragged it everywhere. He named Mie-Mie Bear after his big sister Amie. We always lived in fear of Bear getting lost or being left behind somewhere and then it happened! Bear had been left behind in Louisiana on a trip.

His big sister, Amie, discovered the orphaned bear and quickly packed him up nice and snug, slapped some postage on his carrier and  mailed him back home. When a package arrived on the doorstep from Mie-Mie to Andrew and the box was opened, Bear popped out. He was given a great big hug, and went by the name of Mie-Mie Bear from then on!

Moving forward about eighteen years later  –  Jessie enters a consignment store (she’s very thrifty) and what to you think she saw sitting on a shelf with tags still on and a grin on his face? BEAR! Now it wasn’t exactly Mie-Mie Bear, but his look-alike cousin with a $4.00 price tag at that! Cousin Bear now had a new friend and a new home. Cadence loved him and cuddled him, slept with him and ate with him, lost him at the mall, and found him when he was turned into lost and found! Yep, he’s been around, and now sadly, he has holes. 😦

Ethan also has a bear. His name is Bear too. Terri sent Ethan his bear. It was Ty’s  and he never was attached to it so he didn’t mind. Cadence can tell the difference between the two identical bears by feeling them and maybe even smelling. Who knows? Sydney doesn’t have a bear – yet.

Buy another Bear you say? That’s not so easy. Bear has been D I S C O N T I N U E D! Made by Eden Toys, Inc. and discontinued! Not in production any longer. 😦



When we researched on E-bay and found that Bear can bring up to $150.00 in pristine condition, Mie-Mie Bear went into a plastic bag and resides in a corner of Andrew’s bookshelves surrounded by all the other memorabilia from Andrew’s life.  Maybe he will go up in value and help pay for Andrew’s college loans one day! I know – wishful thinking. 🙂 Jessie won’t let me send Mie-Mie Bear to Sydney because she knows how much Andrew cherished him. So…we’re still looking for another Bear.

Bear's heart patch!

Bear’s heart patch!

Bear now has a heart stitched over the holes in his chest and we need to apply a patch to his rear. Bear also has clothes we made from newborn onesies to help keep him safe from even more holes. Now we have to get boy onesies for Ethan’s Bear. These kids are going to have to stop getting Bear dirty or Jessie has to stop washing them so much! LOL!

Bear's new outfits!

Bear’s new outfits!

This is the easy how-to for Bear onesies in case you have a bear who gets holes:

  • 1 short sleeve newborn onsie – is that the singular of onesies? Can’t find that anywhere! The short sleeve was a long sleeve on Bear.
  • Cut off 1 inch above the top of the leg openings.
  • Find the middle of the onsie and stitch from the bottom 1/2 inch from the middle up to middle point about 3 and 1/2 inches and back to the bottom 1/2 inch on the other side of the middle. Picture this: You are actually sewing a V to make legs in the oncie. Clip the V open and there you have the legs! Turn under raw edge and hem about 1/2 to 1 inch. Bear is very soft and pliable so he could fit through the neck hole feet first. If your bear can’t, you can slit the back neck open a little, finish raw edges and add a button or some Velcro.
  • Wait! We aren’t finished yet! Take the bottom of the onsie that you cut off – I hope you didn’t discard that – and turn top under 1/2 inch and stitch all around. Insert I/4 inch elastic. Now you also have a diaper for Bear!

Even with his new clothes, Cadence likes the feel of Bear himself!

Bear 1

Does anyone know where there’s a Bear hiding?



About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Pingback: OH NO! BEAR HAS HOLES! One of my favorites… | Finding Myself Through Writing

  2. Reminds me of how I have never completely forgiven my Mum for taking Endy (my horse, Neddy) off his frame-with-wheels to put a teddy bear on instead for my little sister to use. She says he was trailing his nose on the ground and Sara needed something to push around, but I can still remember it felt as if he lost his magic when he stopped being able to move. So saving Bear means more than you think!


  3. Reblogged this on Finding Myself Through Writing and commented:

    Here is a re-blog of another one of my favorite post I published about a year ago. This story was inspired when my granddaughter discovered her beloved Bear was worse for the wear – He had holes! Oh no! What to do? What to do? Read on to see how that problem was remedied…


  4. We have a Rabbie in this house. Rabbie has been lost before as well and was mailed home lol


  5. I will sure be looking for a new bear. My childhood bear is named Baby Bear. I gave him to Cessany when she was a baby, but she never got attached so I took him back. He sleeps on the bed in the spare room. I love Baby Bear! When I was a principal, I took him to school once a year to visit Margaret Gunter’s kindergarten students. I told them the story of Baby Bear and even let them touch (but not hold) him. She still does a unit on bears every year.


  6. I’ll be on the lookout!



  7. I’ve never seen that particular bear before, but it looks really soft and cuddly. Loved your post.


  8. My treasured childhood bear looks like it’s been in every fight and war in the history of the universe. (Actually, maybe it has been…) 🙂



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