“So, I am walking along the seafront in Eastbourne and I come across a teddy bear sitting on the bench looking out to the sea. I thought someone had lost their favourite bear until I looked closer…..” Said Lorna Cooper, mother of two, Felicity and Tylus and my sister.
Fast forward six weeks later. My parents arrive in Dubai from England and with them is a bear named ‘Hero’. My mum, Sue explains their story.
It turns out, Hero is a hitchhiking bear. He is left in random places with only a titchy backpack that includes: a note, diary, party popper, a shell and a balloon. The note says:
This bear would love to see the world!
Wherever you are going, please take him with you on your journey before leaving him in a public place for someone else to do the same.
His friends back home would love to hear about who he meets and where he goes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos welcome too!
It’s not very often that something makes your heart melt and face smile at the same time! What a great idea and an interesting experiment.
Of course, this only works if the chain isn’t broken i.e. someone takes him for their own or can’t read English. I don’t know how long he has been travelling but the first entry in his diary is from August 2013, so doing well so far. I can only guess that the random objects in his backpack are from previous ‘lifts’ as either gifts or useful tools for his journey. A marmalade sandwich perhaps?
Well, it’s time to take a few pics of him around Dubai, leave him somewhere strategic and then send him on his way. Fingers crossed he is found by a friendly family or child and continues to make his way across the world. Good luck Hero.
Either way, I wish him well on his next trip to wherever.