Norma Green was a well respected lady that was very involved in the community. She was in her seventy’s and had a beautiful daughter named Sarah. Sarah was married to a wonderful man named Mark and they had a son named Jake. Norma suffered for years with breast cancer and despite her drive to beat the disease she died on November 5th, 2005. Grandma Norma was gone, but left were the treasured memories she left for her family. She was able to join her husband in heaven, as he died four years earlier.
The bright blue-eyed Jake had thick chocolate brown hair and his grandma’s zest for life. At two years old he was a cheerful and playful baby who loved to be cuddled. His mom, Sarah was a stay at home mom and her husband Mark was a doctor. He worked long shifts and when he was not at work he spent most of his time playing with the baby and just being a husband and father. Every night they had a special bedtime routine.
“Now honey, do you have the two teddy bears in Jake’s crib. You know that he won’t fall asleep until he has both of his bears right beside him.” Mark would say.
“Don’t worry, they’re in his crib and ready to go once you finish giving Jake a bath.” Sarah would reply.
Jake got his first teddy bear from his Grandma Norma. Norma loved to sew and design her own teddy bears. She would sell them and donate the money she made to a cancer society to help raise money. Jake’s special bear was a big brown fuzzy bear, with a cream coloured tummy that he called Honey. The other favourite bear he called Teddy. Teddy was a colourful bear, with a soft fuzzy white belly and a warm cream coloured coat. When you push Teddy’s stomach he says, “I love you”. This made Jake squeal in delight.
One night when Sarah and Mark were putting Jake to bed one of the bears, Honey, was missing. It was the bear that Grandma Norma had given him.
“Sarah, were you and Jake playing with his bears today?” asked Mark.
“Yes, but I made sure the bears got back to the crib,” replied Sarah. Both Mark and Sarah looked everywhere for Honey. Sarah took the sheets off the bed and turned the room upside down looking for the treasured bear. When they were done playing with the bears they always made their way back to the crib for fear they would get misplaced and not be in the crib at bedtime. Mark and Sarah continued to look for the bear, until they couldn’t stall bedtime for Jake any longer.
“Mommy, where’s Honey? I need my Honey for night-night, “Jake cried. He was mad as a box of frogs. Sarah did everything she could to settle Jake and finally, after an hour of crying and asking for Honey, he fell asleep from pure exhaustion. That night Jake woke many times during the night calling for Honey. Sarah and Mark vowed they’d find the bear the next day.
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