I Must Confess…I Still Have My First Teddy Bear!

Hi ya folks and welcome to another week of oversharing care of the I Must Confess linkup. Last week we had 4 brave souls linkup to share their confessions and I thank each of you for taking the time to do so.

Hopefully we’ll get some more virgin confessors this week too – remember the linkup is open all week so you can take your time if that helps you to get the courage up to join in!

I’m not sure whether this is normal or not but I still have my very first teddy bear, plus a collection of other childhood toys. Now don’t you start thinking my bedroom looks like this – because it doesn’t!

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But, I was excited to keep some of my childhood memories to pass on to my own kids and I’m pleased they’ve had the opportunity to play with toys from my era, even if they don’t seem to love them the same way I did!

This is Pandy, the imaginative name for my very first teddy bear. According to family legend, I got a hold of Pandy at K-Mart Waratah just before Christmas 1975 and I wouldn’t let go. Considering I was barely 4 months old at the time, I’m sure my parents could have separated us if they wanted to but Pandy came home with us and has been with me ever since.

Considering he is nearly 37 years old he doesn’t look too bad. He has had some repairs at the neck, groin and back but he has survived me plus my 3 terrors so far – he’s a survivor.

Pandy is currently looked after by Delilah – he wasn’t really appreciated by either Gilbert or Matilda but at least my little miss is kind to “Mummy’s Bear”!

I also have a large doll that I was given as a birthday present probably around my 10th birthday. I can’t remember what I called her (I think it may have been Polly) but that’s okay as Matilda has decided to rename her anyway – she is now known as Chloe.

I have one more toy that I need to confess to this week and this one is not from my childhood. Very early in our marriage my husband bought me a stuffed bulldog which I called Brutus. My husband wanted me to have the dog I really couldn’t have (we were renting at the time) and it was one of the loveliest things he has ever bought me…

Isn’t he gorgeous? Again, Gilbert and Matilda did not take to Brutus, but Delilah loves laying on him and using him as a cuddly pillow – that’s my girl!

So, the big question remains – am I alone in holding onto my childhood toys?

Do you still have possession of your first teddy or doll? Do you care to share with the caring folk here at My Home Truths?

Or do you need to get something else off your chest? Whatever the confession, feel free to link it up as part of I Must Confess – you will feel better, I promise!

The Rules…

– I Must Confess is a link up that will be happening every Sunday – a bit of a homage to my Catholic upbringing, in fact!

– The link will be live from 10pm Saturday night for the whole week.

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6 Responses

  1. I do have a couple of mine too! My first big Panda, and another teddy bear I was given as a baby. My boys don’t really pay any attention to them, but they are in my youngest’s room anyway!

    • Kirsty says:

      Delilah seems to have inherited all of mine too but at least she seems more interested in them than my older two were! I just hope that my three little bears hold onto their own bears for the next generation – it’s been a tradition in my family that each baby gets a teddy for their first christmas, I’d like that to continue…we’ll see!

  2. Mark Sales says:

    I have my first teddy too, named Ted… original much? I also have my first ever blanket, and still use it to this day during winter. It’s a bit tattered and torn, but it’s not going anywhere while I’m breathing. It just brings back good memories of living in Branxton (same place as you Kirsty) and being a kid.

    • Kirsty says:

      They do bring back all those wonderful childhood memories, don’t they? I really hope my kids hold onto their teddies and special toys too. The chair in some of the photos is a childhood chair of mine as well – I seem to have kept a lot of things, haven’t I?

  3. I’m sorry to say I can’t confess to this one! I don’t still have my first teddy, in fact we moved around so much that I haven’t really kept anything at all!

    • Kirsty says:

      I can understand that Kelly – I was lucky enough to live in the one house for 18 years so I managed to hoarde quite a few things from my childhood! But I doubt that would have been the case if I had’ve moved lots…

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