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Bearing Witness

Remember BB, Lilly’s magic comfort bear a friend sent us a while back? Well, there’s a new bear on the case. She is small enough to fit in a pocket, and the story of her name never fails to make me giggle.

Meet Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear

gladly the cross-eyed bear

You see, it all began with Jean Patty Armstrong — my friend Martha Armstrong’s mom. The daughter of a Methodist minister, Jean listened to hear dad speak about the “Cross I Bear” … except she thought he was saying Cross-Eyed Bear.

In Jeans life, when things didn’t go quite right or she faced new challenges here and there, she called them her “Cross-Eyed Bears.”

Jean began making and sending Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear, to people around the world in 1995. After her death, her daughters continued the tradition.

So, whatever comes up next, Lilly and I have a tiny Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear, in our pocket … bearing witness to good times and bad.

Gladly, The Cross-Eyed Bear, has a Facebook Fan Page, if you’d like to follow along.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Georgia Picton - February 6, 2014

He looks like my sweetheart doggy 😀

Pup Fan - November 19, 2013

Very sweet bear and very sweet story. Hope you and Miss Lilly are doing okay.

Sheryl - November 15, 2013

That dear, sweet Lilly.

Jen - November 13, 2013

hah, cross eyed bear…

How great that her daughter is carrying on the tradition!
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Pamela - November 13, 2013

I find it very touching that you have a bear called Gladly the Cross-eyed Bear. 🙂
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melF - November 13, 2013

What a cute story and a cute bear. I love that the daughters continued the tradition.
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