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Watching over the children for eternity

April 2017

One of the saddest, but comforting thing I’ve ever seen is a stone Teddy Bear watching over the graves of infants in Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Maple, north of Toronto.

It’s obviously very sad when a child dies, but I also find it heartbreaking to think of the child lying in their grave alone, without their mommy and daddy.

So, there is something comforting about seeing a Teddy Bear sitting on a bench, watching over the graves, protecting them.   After all, Teddy Bears have been protecting children from monsters under the bed since 1903.

Developed around the same time by toymakers Morris Michtom in the U.S. and by Richard Steiff in Germany in 1903, apparently without the other knowing.  They were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and have since become an iconic children’s toy, celebrated in story, song and films.

They are also a popular gift among adults to signify love, congratulations, or sympathy.

Teddy Bears hold a very special place in the hearts of most people.  If you still have your childhood Teddy Bear, give it a hug tonight when you go to bed.

If your child doesn’t have one, go out and buy that special bear for them to cherish for the rest of their lives.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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