When a Scary Thing Came to Teddy Bear Land

teddy bear - covid post


Once upon a time, a scary thing arrived in Teddy Bear Land. It was sneaky, it was invisible and it made teddy bears very sick. It sneaked around all day and all night without needing to rest. It seemed to grow stronger and more dangerous as time passed, but no one knew why.

Teddy bears gathered around their honey pots, at picnics, at houses and at their jobs to share their concerns. They were nervous and edgy, cranky and testy and mostly just tired and afraid.

Then a wise, older bear proposed they call the smartest bear in the land. He said, “She’s an expert on scary things and knows how they devise their devious plans.” They asked her to come the very next day.

She patiently listened to all their concerns then went off to ponder the facts. She studied some graphs and studied some charts; she collected some data and soon it was clear: more bears got sick when they gathered in groups. It seemed that the scary thing’s trickiest tricks worked better when bears got together.

So, the very next day the bears all stayed home, they sat on their couches, they picked up their phones, they talked to their friends, they read some good books like Goldilocks and Winnie the Pooh. They had honey on toast, honey in tea, they played checkers and watched a lot of TV.

And slowly, the bears stopped getting sick and the scary thing quit playing dastardly tricks. It simply grew tired of working so hard. It whined and complained, growled and exclaimed and slowly, with time, grew decidedly tame.

One day, the scary thing wasn’t around. There wasn’t a trace; it couldn’t be found. The bears all rejoiced, they danced in the streets, they hugged and they smiled, they sang and did flips.

The bears are prepared now; they have a good plan, in case the scary thing comes back again. They’re ready in every conceivable way to stay safe and healthy, to care for their kin, to love one another through thick and through thin.


5 responses

  1. Hooray! The best story yet to come out of the current scare. And one I’ll print to read to kids. If it makes me feel better, I figure they’ll love it! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Judy! It was fun to write and actually comforted me as well. We’re all looking for a bit of comfort and and easing of our fears right now. I see many people being creative with art and music and their words to bring a bit of respite and joy right now. We will get through this.

  2. This is so sweet and beautiful, Rita! It certainly put a smile on my face 🙂 Best wishes to you!

    1. Heather, you are so dear to comment. I hope you’re doing well. I hope to come back to Rockvale sometime. We will all get through this and get back to enjoying life and connectivity in person. Hugs!

      1. Yes! We hope to get things back on track soon – not only for writers but for us, too! All the best ❤

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