CHILDHOOD MEMORIES - a year long class on Soul Scrappers
Week 02 - Special friends
It appears our love of teddy bears and soft toys doesn’t end with childhood. More and more of us have come to see nothing wrong with keeping a ted in the bed. In a recent survey of some 6,000 adults it was discovered that more than a third still hug a childhood soft toy while falling asleep while more than half still have a teddy bear from their childhood. The average teddy bear is 27 years old.
Those who slept with a teddy told researchers that they found it was a comforting and calming way to de-stress at the end of the day.
Hotel chain Travelodge, which carried out the research, said that in the past year staff have reunited more than 75,000 teddies and their owners.
Spokesman Shakila Ahmed said: ‘Interestingly the owners have not just been children, we have had a large number of frantic businessmen and women call us regarding their forgotten teddy bear.’
So fess up – do you still have your teddy bear or soft toy from childhood and can you be counted in the number who still bring him or her out for a quick cuddle?
I’m afraid I can …
But my poor husband can’t :(
Do you remember your childhood comforting toy – was it a teddy or maybe a special doll? Tell us about your special friend and why they meant so much to you.