Timmy wanted something special for 'show and tell'.
The jolting journey to school on
the school bus was another adventure. It was a bouncing experience where, with pencils, pencil-case, a rubber, a ruler, Timmy’s lunch box, and a few books all competed for space in the back-pack, now school bag.
Sam heard the voice of Miss Phillips. (He remembered it from her visit to the House on the Hill). ‘Time now, for Show and Tell’
she said. ‘Today we will have Marjorie and Timmy to share.’
Timmy fidgeted as Marjorie showed
her pressed flowers and spoke about going to a land place where they had a cat, a dog and you could walk a lot and see kangaroos. She spoke confidently and well.
‘Thank you, Marjorie. Your turn now Timmy.’
Timmy marched to his backpack at the back of the room and returned
to face the class, swinging Sam by one foot. He patted his clothes down and then gently placed the little bear on the front desk. ‘This is my show and tell’, he proudly announced. ‘This is
Sam the Schoolboy Teddy Bear.’
The children clapped. Five-year-old, blond-haired, Susan Marshall called out ‘Oh! he’s so
Miss Phillips sat down. Her face was drained of colour. She looked shocked and anxious.
Timmy finished his story of where Sam lived and the other bears in the cupboard, and then, let the teddy be passed from child to child across the
Sam enjoyed meeting with the children very much. Some small hands pulled at his clothes and were a little rough as they
examined his person, but most of the group only wanted to give him a hug. He longed to do a little dance or say ‘Good Morning’ but rules of Magic Bear Behaviour when in public, were silently obeyed.
Timmy returned Sam to Miss Phillip’s desk, smiled at his classmates and sat down.
Miss Phillips shakily stood up. ‘Timmy where did you get Sam from?’
was on a really low shelf in that house you took us to.’
‘Timmy you know what stealing is don’t you?’
‘Oh yes!’ Timmy’s blue eyes opened wide. ‘I didn’t steal him.’
‘Timmy did you ask permission to take him?’
‘No, miss. I collected him like the plants and leaves and put him in my bag for ‘show and tell’. I’ll ask me dad to take me to put him back at the weekend.’
Karen Phillips could see the child’s absolute innocent intentions and hoped other adults would not judge the small boy harshly.
‘Yes, Timmy’ she said seriously. ‘That’s a good idea. I’ll have a word with Mum when she comes to collect you after school.’
Sam spent the rest of that memorable day on Miss. Phillip’s desk. He watched with interest all the strange behaviours of these young humans. They obviously enjoyed learning
and being ‘at school’. He intended to ask Old Ted why his clothes were not the same as these small children. He knew and was pleased everyone still identified him as a ‘schoolboy’.