sunday bear: deng ming-dao

“Little Bear Blue” by Donna Hodges (champagne mohair, velveteen jacket and beret, antique lace collar, 1986)

 

 

Hilly village lanes,
Whitewashed sunlit walls.
Cerulean sea.
The laughter of children.

No matter where in the world you go, no matter how many languages are spoken, and no matter how many times cultures and governments clash, the laughter of children is universally uplifting. The mirth of adults can be variously jealous, insecure, sadistic, cruel, or absurd, but the sound of playing children evokes the ideal of a simple and pure act. There are no concepts, no ideologies — only the innocent pleasure of life.

We as adults dwell upon our grizzled complexities, our existential anxieties, and our preoccupations with responsibilities. We hear the merriment of children and may sigh over our lost childhoods. Although we can no longer fit into our old clothes and become young again, we can take comfort in the optimism of children. Their rejoicing can gladden us all.

We are too often in a rush for our children to grow up. It is far better for them to fully live each year of their lives. Let them learn what is appropriate to their time, let them play. And when their childhood is spent at adolescence, help them in a gentle transition. Then their laughter will continue to resonate with cheer and hope for us all.

~ from 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao (Harper, 1992).

♥ Today’s Sunday Bear Hug is brought to you, as ever, by your handsome friend Cornelius. Well-practiced at play and laughter, he wishes you small moments of joy to lighten your busy day. The only thing he doesn’t laugh at is a broken cookie; he is too busy eating every crumb.

Feel free to wear blue today. You can be the sky.

((((((((HUG))))))))(((HEE HEE))))(((HA HA)))))(((((HO HO))))))(((((HUG))))))

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Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

sunday bear: khalil gibran

“Becky” by Hillary Hulen (yellow distressed mohair, antique embroidered bib, 1989)

 

 

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. 

(Khalil Gibran)

♥ Your Sunday Bear Hug is brought to you by Mr. Cornelius, who would be happy to wish you a very Good Morning, but he’s not up yet. Pass the cinnamon rolls and talk amongst yourselves.

((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGHUGHUGHUG))))))))))))))))))))))

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sunday bear: theodore roosevelt

“Colonel Teddy” by Woods and Woods (mahogany plush, wire-rimmed glasses, Rough Rider khaki jacket, 1987)

 

 

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

(President Theodore Roosevelt)

♥ Your Sunday Bear Hug is brought to you by Mr. Cornelius, who loves Teddy Roosevelt so much he had to share three quotes instead of just one. In honor of President’s Day, he will speak softly and carry a big cookie.

((((((HUG)))))))(((((((HUG)))))))(((((((HUG))))))

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Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved. 

sunday bear: mother theresa

“Miss Trueheart” by Beverley Port (mohair and alpaca, white Battenburg lace bonnet, hand embroidered felt heart with music box, 1992)

 

 

We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love. ~ Mother Theresa

♥ Your Sunday bear hug is brought to you by Mr. Cornelius, who wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day Week, and hopes you will hug as many people, dogs and cats as is humanly possible. Smiling won’t hurt either.

♥((((((((((((((((((((((((HUG)))))))))))))))))))))))♥

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*Credit: Love Candy by D. Sharon Pruitt, Pink Sherbet Photography.

Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

sunday bear: marcel proust

“Cousin Sylvia” by Nona Pebworth (mohair, wearing her 1930’s dime store watch from occupied Japan)</em.

 

 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

♥ Your weekly bear hug is brought to you by the charming Mr. Cornelius, who is always on time and wants you to send him a chocolate pie.

(((((((((YOU)))))))))

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Copyright © 2012 Cornelius Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.