“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small quiet companion”
I’d love to tell you he’s the bear that I’ve had since I was a child, but he’s not.
I do still have my childhood bear. He’s carefully packed away with every other stuffed animal, I’ve ever owned, at my parents house, but since Avery is my favourite, he stayed with me. There is an odd tale to how I got him though. I didn’t fall in love with him in a shop, and neither was he a gift from an admirer, but he was free.
Way back in the early naughties, I was in charge of buying stationery for my department at work. At the time Avery office labels were running a promotion where by if you saved up enough ‘points’ from their products, you could trade them in for a selection of free gifts.
Points were obtained by collecting the barcodes of their products, each of which had an assigned value, the larger packs having larger points values. One day I was looking through my collection of barcodes to see what I could ‘afford’ as the promotion was coming to an end, made my choice from what I had enough points for, filled in the form, enclosed my barcodes and waited.
28 days later Avery arrived at my door.
You can see where he got his name right? He’s lost his t-shirt somewhere along the way, but he’s still my favourite bear to snuggle with, and if I’m honest, I much prefer a bare bear.