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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Teddy Bears Picnic

This week at school one of the themes is "Teddy Bears Picnic" where the kids bring in their favorite teddy bears, march with their bears and have a picnic for them. Surely there will also be that favorite tune of 'Teddy Bears Picnic' as well somewhere in the mix, but just hearing about it brought back fond memories and a fun conversation with my Mom.

After a quick reminder since my husband and I trade off on taking our son to school and I wanted to be sure our little guy had a bear to take with him on theme day, I had to call my Mom to tell her the theme this week. 'Teddy Bears Picnic' was a song I distinctively remember dancing to as a child with my Mom. I remember us both being very silly as we would march around the coffee table singing our little hearts out as if we were little teddy bears on parade. It is one of those memories I truly cherish from my childhood. My Mom loved the phone call and the warm memories as she obviously remembers those days probably much better then I do.

What I found funny was my Dad's reaction to the theme. He was telling Ben to stay away from those bears over the phone. The song interestingly enough made my Dad quite weary as a child. He figured that the picnic would be set up so the kids get gobbled up. My Mom and I had a different perspective as children listening to that song. We figured the bears were having a picnic so why not join them? We never thought it would be dangerous of scary. Our imaginations just ran with it. It is interesting to hear different children's perspective.

Today just to celebrate the theme just a tad bit early, I think I will turn on that 'Teddy Bears Picnic' song and dance and sing with my little guy. Maybe he will remember it and maybe it won't, but its sure to be lots of fun either way.

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