Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Great Smoky Mountains

Photo copyright by Knoxville News Sentinel.

Recently I was struck by this photograph I saw in The Knoxville News Sentinel's online version.  I love this photo of a yearling black bear eating a carrot. I long for the haunting beauty of the Smoky Moutains and can hardly wait to move back to this area. I also had to smile at a memory of long ago and a family trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  My dad bought us souvenirs, stuffed black bears for my sister and me.  Knowing my brother, he probably got a toy cap gun. This was back in the 1960s when it was okay to have a cap gun.

My sister, Patti, had chosen a stuffed toy bear with a problem unbeknownst to her at the time, it was one mixed up bear! It had it's tail sewn on for one of its ears.  Yes, that means one of its ears was sewn on for its tail!  See, I told you it was one mixed up bear which just made it more special. I found this photo online that is the same black souvenir bear but more than likely the one in this photo had its parts in place!

A stuffed black bear with all its parts in place!

Yes, I know ..... it's a slooooow day in Cindy's bloggerland world.  :-)


Clint said...

I can BEARLY stand it! Glad your tail is in the right place. snicker.


Its nice how mere pictures evokes flashbacks from the past and your memory is very vivid. And that mixed up bear is really unique, i havent seen one;-)

Design Wine and Dine said...

Funny! I like your "slow" day post! :)

Skully said...

This is a great story Cindy. I've always enjoyed watching bears...from a distance of course! Your story reminds me of my childhood vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains...and all the whinning I would do. Ask dad about it...I'm sure all of our family vacations were memorable because of sweet little old me...haha