Walter now shares his story
Kindly, Ted looked down at Walter. He gently asked.
'Well young fella, do you want to tell us what happened
and a bit of your story?'
Walter the Wine Waiter nodded. He politely bowed and told his story.
'Missie the dog has just demonstrated what I believed I needed to find. I wanted to be 'useful' I thought being useful or worthwhile was ALL about externals.
How could a teddy dressed in a waist-coat with a bottle and a table-napkin joined to his wrist ever be useful, even on a shelf with other dressed teddies?
I think I have learnt my lesson!
Most of the others had stories to tell of past lives or interesting
beginnings. I was simply made by a crafty lady on a fanciful whim.
She deposited me on a morning-tea table and announced to her friends.
''This is Walter. I made his costume from a pattern. My husband found the Teddy in a box at his office. He told me he thought the little bear could do with some great
clothes as he was a bit tatty. He is now an exact replica of the fine dining waiters in high class restaurants.'
Her friends laughed and gave me a little poke as they passed by. I felt useless. Not made for anything. Not a decoration. Not comfort for a child.....Just a crafty
work of art.'
Sue Care-Bear interruped. 'Walter never forget
works of craft and art mean something to people who make them. They are written, painted, made or designed with the hope that they will give pleasure to someone who looks at them ....maybe
even years into the future.'
She gave a little chuckle. 'I quite like looking at you myself.'
Uncle Joseph grunted.
'Being with the Secret 7 in our quiet
corner has made me understand that. We all are unusual and are content. That makes what I was trying to do sound even more silly.
I climbed up on the cupboard top in the darkness with the desire to maybe alter my appearance into something more trendy and cool like Pete the Pirate or Bob the Builder.
Graham the Graduate tried to stop me. 'Enjoy' he said 'being who you are.'
'He has such a good background story.....what
would he know?..... '
'I was determined, Before morning, I would be a different teddy.'
Joseph interjected. 'You have our attention. Great story! what happened?'
'I stood on top of that cupboard
and jigged around trying to undress. I couldn't even get my bowtie and waistcoat off. Everything was fastened securely. My thoughts of being just a teddy and then transforming into something different evaporated. I struggled and struggled
I toppled forward and fell over the edge. I became jammed about a metre from where I fell.
I was completely stuck!
I couldn't move. I couldn't talk!
I couldn't see!
It was in that helpless place, I realized
if no one noticed or cared about me, I could be stuck there FOREVER.
I know now that no one cared about my costume but everyone showed they
cared for ME.
Thank you EVERYONE.....Animals and Bear Collection Magic community.........You have taught me a great lesson
about contentment with self and where true happiness is found.
I'm Walter the Wine Waiter.
Please everyone retun to sleep.
I promise I will climb back carefully to my home with the Secret 7.'
Old Ted thanked him as many eyes peered into
the darkness watching him climb.
Gradually the room settled back into nightime
s t i l l n e s s
Old Ted made a final comment to Joseph before sleep again claimed the two older bears. The wisdom of his years resonated in his whisper.
This is what puzzles me most about humans. Unlike us they have ETERNAL SPIRITS. They have a Divine Creator. Why do many
spend the whole of their life trying to change their external forms and don't spend much time on caring for the destiny of their spirit/soul internal ?
muttered reflectively as they again drifted off to sleep.