I know I've written about the Care Bears before, but seeing as they truly are a part of my life, they continue to provide me with inspiration. Gabriella loves her Care Bears. She has 20-some of these little creatures, although if you ask her she will tell you she has 87. I don't know where she got this number from, but 87 has been it for quite a while. Not that it really makes a difference, because whether it's 20-some or 87, they are EVERYWHERE!
The Care Bears have been resurrected from the days of my own childhood, although I'm pretty sure they have mulitplied since then. They don't seem to be running out of names, and I'm guessing as long as they can come up with some sugar-sweet name, they will make a new Care Bear to go along with it. Cheer Bear, Funshine Bear, Friend Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear, Good Luck Bear, Share Bear, Wish Bear, Grumpy Bear, Bedtime Bear, Daydream Bear, Best Friend Bear, Thanks-a-Lot Bear, Take Care Bear, Do Your Best Bear, Grams Bear, Champ Bear, Laugh-a-Lot Bear, Baby Hugs & Baby Tugs Bear, America Bear.... Right - you get the picture.
Gabriella asked me once why there isn't a Sorry Bear. She's right - there should be a Sorry Bear. I'm sure it's just a matter of time. And I guarentee you when it hits the shelves of our local Target, she will own it. (Thanks, Grandma!)
So my brother and I were having a discussion recently and decided we should come up with our own line of Care Bears. Lactose Intolerent Bear, for instance. That is a segment of the population that isn't well-represented by the toy industry. Perhaps Lonely Heart Bear? Disco Dancing Bear would be a big hit - it could be packaged with a karaoke style sing-along video of hits from the 70s. It would work - it would! Just tell me you wouldn't buy your child, niece, or neighbor's cousin an adorable little Draft Dodger Bear!
(Any ideas? Spew them here!)