Conversations with Myself: The Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Teddy Smile

Since my childhood days, I have always been fascinated by and instantly drawn towards teddy bears. I cannot walk past a teddy bear without picking it up. As an adult, I cannot resist the temptation to buy one to take home with me.

I still treasure the very first teddy bear I was given by my parents. He has lost an eye and his neck was broken during a tug-of-war between a cousin and me but my late grandfather very loving tried to stitch his head back on for me after I could not stop crying because my cousin broke my teddy’s neck.

Teddy now occupies a very special place in a toy cot under my bedroom window together with other precious toys I have not had the heart to get rid of which is of enormous sentimental value to me.

What is it about teddy bears that make them so irresistible? What is the draw card? Why is it so difficult to walk past one without picking it up or buying one?

I came across this bit of information posted on my Facebook timeline by a non-governmental organisation as part of one of their posts. I found this information very interesting and when I think about my own life and my childhood, it makes a lot of sense.

Four Psychological Powers of Teddy Bears
By Priscilla V. Marotta (shortened by Laurette)

Teddy bears are a wonderful tool for psychological health. Look around your home and the home of your friends. Almost every home has a collectable teddy bear or a teddy bear figurine. What is so powerful about a teddy bear? Why does even the thought of a teddy bear bring a smile to your face? Teddy bears are cherished, many are collectable, and there are so many types of cuddly collectable teddy bears. This is understandable when you realize that there are four powerful psychological effects of teddy bears.

First, teddy bears are the symbol of child-like innocence. They remind of us of being nurtured and cared for by others. Teddy bears are a symbol of the care free moments of childhood when are greatest concerns were the next play time. We all hold on to our “inner child” that still remains with us.

Second, teddy bears remind us of a special person who loved us and brought us a teddy bear. Teddy bears remind us of the joy of being loved. Teddy bears are not a sex symbol…. they are a love symbol! They remind us that someone loves us and treasures us. Psychological assessment tests have proven teddy bears have a positive effect on people’s emotions. The psychological necessities for love and caring are central to human lives. Teddy bears are used by police officers and fire fighters to bring comfort to families who are experiencing difficulties. They are a universal symbol of caring.

Third, Teddy bears are also used as a special gift. The psychological value of treasured memories is great. Pleasant memories colour our world with happy thoughts and bring comfort in difficult times.

The fourth powerful psychological impact is the power of the soft touch. A huggable, warm teddy bear brings the comfort of touch. Touch is a powerful need among human beings. Holding something soft gives us immense psychological comfort. The ability to hug a soft object provides a seductive combination. Holding a teddy bear is a simple pleasure that provides relief from stress. A few moments with a teddy bear are a simple tool to bring your blood pressure down, put positive endorphins in your body, and provide a moment of peace.

It is amazing to realize that a teddy bear is a unique personalized gift and that teddy’s and special stuffed animals, could impart such comfort. Teddy bears are special. In today’s hectic world, a teddy bear is a proven comfort item with multiple psychological benefits.

Hug a teddy bear today!

I am reminded of a song my mother always used to sing to me as a child called “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” . . .

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Song

(If you don’t know the tune, check out this YouTube video.)

If you go out in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears,
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily dance about.
They love to play and shout.
And never have any cares.
At six o’clock their mommies and daddies
Will take them home to bed
Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

If you go out in the woods today,
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely out in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic


Every teddy bear, that’s been good
Is sure of a treat today
There’s lots of wonderful things to eat
And wonderful games to play

Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic


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