For a few minutes unusual moving and sliding happened as top shelf residents shuffled and struggled to return to correct alignment and stillness.
Old Ted looked up alarmed, but only gently warned
Dad had seen something.
‘Some of those little bears moved.’ Dad murmured. ‘I
‘So did I’ Sophie mewed. ‘Meow! Meow! Meow! Bears are moving everywhere. Meow!’
‘Quiet Sophie. Did you see them move, Missie?’ Dad absently directed the question towards the border Collie.
She sprang to her feet and answered passionately and truthfully. ‘Oh yes! They do it all the time.’ Woof! Woof! Woof! That’s what they certainly do.’
Dad heard only what he wanted to hear. ‘Of course, they didn’t you’re so right dog. I’ll make sure the window is firmly
fastened in case there was a draft.’
‘Bed- time everyone!’ he now called, and as people and animals were going in all directions
it gave the shelf bears time. In the confusion of movement, they were quickly back in their right places and willing bear paws gently guided Simon the sleeping Bear. They propped him comfortably against the top shelf back cupboard wall.
He was the only teddy who did not see the cartoon image of Simon the Sleepyhead Bear acted out on the T.V. The yawning ‘time
for bed antics’ of Simon had kept them all entertained.
Old Ted laughed.
‘Good night all. Our Simon does not have to act. That’s just who he is.
He is our own special and magic
Simon the Sleepy-head Teddy Bear.
Only Missie thought
she heard Simon snoring as she drifted off to sleep. She said ‘woof!’ as her black and white head rested comfortably on her paws.