A Pair of Bears
by Judy Dearborn Nill
(Kent, WA U.S.A.)
My friend Alice made these outfits
After my husband was lost overnight in the woods many years ago, I gave him a greeting card featuring the famous classic teddy bears named Clarence and Ophelia. He in turn gave me a couple of stuffed cuties we named after C and O--but not until he'd searched out the possibility of finding an alternate pair. The boy bear he'd first seen had one leg shorter than the other, and my husband wanted a more perfect pair. Fortunately, he never located alternates. We often commented thereafter on how sad it would have been to separate our bears in the beginning. They were already the perfect pair! That eventually led to my writing a story for young readers, about twin teddies who are fiercely loyal to each other.