Blog 977 – 04.27.2018
“Don’t wanna be your lion
‘Cause lions play too rough,
Don’t wanna be your tiger
‘Cause tigers ain’t the kind you’d love enough.
Just wanna be your teddy bear
Put a chain around my neck
And take me anywhere
I just wanna be your teddy bear.”
A very young Elvis Presley made that a hit song when I was just a wee lad. I watched him sing live on the Ed Sullivan TV show in September 1956. I was five and would turn six that November. Teddy Bear was not one of the songs he sang that night but it has always been a favorite of mine. I offer here my Mockingbird version for you.
I am not the king of rock’n roll nor want to be but to paraphrase a wonderful line from the great book and movie “Cider House Rules, I do consider myself a prince of the Southland and a king of Tennessee.
Much as I might pretend from time to time to be a “bad boy”, a lion, a tiger, or a bear, oh my, I suppose I am deep down just a Pooh Bear or a Teddy Bear. I did perform open-heart surgery on a teddy bear once, taking out his music box heart and getting it working again, reinserting it, and then sewing him back up. Teddy bear hearts are tender and very musical and they love hugs. All those are true of yours truly.
I have bought a few teddy bears in my life time for my sweethearts, my children, others children, and the one thing I know, or at least think I do, about teddy bears is that they do two things best and those two thing are the most important ones, they love and are loved.
I just wanna be your teddy bear.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Tee Bee for short,