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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Ted E. Bear
By c clemons


"My, my, my" said Ted E.
"This is such a strange place to be.
Where’s the light and the cool breeze?
It's stuffy and a real tight squeeze."

"What's your problem?" asked old fuzzy fox.
"I'm just wondering why I was put in this box.
My place is on the bed,” said Ted E. Bear,
"Not here where it looks like no one cares."

"Just look at yourself" said the Flattened Ball,
"You're old and dirty and that's not all,
Your eye is missing and your arm is torn too.
Look around, everyone here was once brand new."

"I’ll tell you the truth and I know it's a shame,
We were all replaced with a new toy or game."
"Oh no not me!" said little Ted E.
She won’t be the same, Little Girl needs me!”

“Her yesterday's birthday gift was your clue,"
Laughed the old worn out Kazoo."
"There's a new stuffed animal now on the bed.”
"Yes, but you still don't understand," said Ted.

"Little Girl and I have been through a lot.
When she had a hospital stay as a tot,
She cried in my fur and hugged me tight,
My presence there made it seem alright."

“When she was afraid of the dark I was there
Together we faced the boogeyman under the stairs.
I was there for her first roller coaster ride.
I think maybe that was when I lost my eye."

"I made a promise to Little Girl when she was born,
Said I'd be by her side each night until the morn.
And I know for me she would do the same.
I know that as surely as I know my name."

"You are so funny,” said the dented Toy Bus.
"Little girls grow up and they no longer need us.
In the box we go, to be thrown out with the trash.
I’m sure in your case her decision was not rash."

"Don't give up hope,” said Dolly No Hair,
"Maybe they’ll see you just need a little repair
You might even be given to another little girl,
Someone to love and to share her world."

Ted E. looked at his worn form, what they said was true,
He was missing a few buttons and had a tear or two.
Maybe there really was another to give comfort too.
But he felt his purpose here was not through.

As the day changed into the night,
The house grew quiet and there was no light.
All of a sudden the closet door flew open!
And into the box came the new stuffed token.

"Where are you Ted E. Bear?" the little girl cried.
"Oh here you are Ted E., why aren't you by my side?
To another little girl the new toy I’ll give,
He will have a new home in which to live."

"Oh Ted E. she cried, “You are my friend,
You promised you and me till the end".
She picked him up with loving care,
"I'll always love you, Ted E. Bear".

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Kristen Hester06/07/07
Bravo! I loved this. It gave me chills. So very good. I want a copy when it is an illustrated book.
Jennifer Wetter06/09/07
The title caught my eye. What an entertaining read. Congratulations for such a cute read.
Dee Yoder 06/10/07
Sweet story poem that the small ones would really enjoy!
Esther Gellert06/12/07
What a lovely story. I'm going to read it to my daughter tonight. She'll love it. Each of my children has one of those 'special' toys that can't be parted with.
Seema Bagai 06/28/07
Adorable story. Great job.
Laury Hubrich 10/15/07
Procrastinating writing my entry this week -- went out browsing old entries:) This is so cute!
Holly Westefeld02/22/08
Yes, teddy bears are a nearly universal language. You brought to mind the one our son received as an infant, which we photographed with his cap and gown last June, and now occupies a place of honor on his dorm room bed. I don't believe it had ever been relegated to a box though. :-)
Marijo Phelps09/16/08
I can so relate - my version of Ted E. is now in a little red wagon gracing the top of the kitchen cupboards. Big Bear is no longer blue and now has buttons for eyes, one arm is slightly in need of repair but he is my 62 year old "Ted E".