My eldest son, Tristan texted me on Saturday from a shop that sells bears. I knew he was there as he told me he wanted to buy his fiance a teddy bear for Christmas. He asked me what I thought of Paddington Bear. I said I loved Paddington and thought his fiance would too. Later that afternoon he called in to show me his purchase and he handed me the bear in the photo above and told me he had bought me Paddington Bear!!! I was so touched. What a very dear boy I have. Paddington now stands proudly on a pile of small books wearing his wellington boots, duffle coat, suitcase and hat. He is no longer lost and can live a very long bear life in my house. Tristan also bought his fiance a beautiful soft cuddly bear as well.
When bringing up children, parents are never quite sure how they will turn out. Tristan has had his ups and downs - it has been quite the journey. But at the age of 22 (almost 23) I am so proud of him. He works hard, saves money for his future marriage, takes such good care of his fiance, loves his mum (!!!) and stays out of trouble.
After handing me Paddington he thanked me for teaching him how to cook. He said that most males his age don't have a clue and therefore eat far too much junk food. He now lives in a shared house where he cooks dinner every night, experiments with new recipes (earlier this week he made Cornish pastries) and loves to go grocery shopping searching for bargains and then phones me to tell me what he has found. Only yesterday he discuss with me how to make vegetation patties for dinner as a friend was visiting who was vegetation, I must ask him how they went.
I don't have any daughters to teach them how to become "keepers of the home", however I have always thought it was important to teach boys to cook and look after the home as one is never sure when these skills will be needed. It is also nice to have sons that like to look through recipe books and discuss food!!
Paddington bear eating his favourite marmalade jam sandwich. A stow-away from darkest Peru, probably would be sent home these days as an illegal immigrant!
Did you know that Paddington Bear celebrates 2 birthdays a year (just like the Queen) - one on the 25th of June and the other on the 25th of December!!