Thursday, November 11, 2010

Norman The Bear

When I was a child, I didn't really have a special "blanket" that I carried around, nor did I have a certain stuffed animal that I had to have with me everywhere. Sure, I had them but nothing I formed a real "bond" with. Maybe I was just a kid without many emotional attachments, I don't know...

I did have many imaginary horses, though. Ah yes, I wonder if good ol' Jeopardy would come by and say hello if I asked. Best imaginary horse ever!

Anyway, about four years ago for my birthday, my boyfriend surprised me with some roses and a stuffed bear (among other stuff). I wouldn't even call him a teddy bear, he's much too real for that. But he was the cutest thing ever and I was instantly in love with NORMAN (my bf's middle name ha ha).

Since then, Norman has become the closest thing I have to a dog or a child. Now I don't want the latter but I wouldn't mind the former. I cuddle with him when I'm alone, my boyfriend often puts Norman in compromising positions for me to stumble upon (like, in the shower?) and he's a fabulous traveling companion. He's one of those pillow type animals, so you can flop him around and fold him and he makes the perfect pillow for plane and car rides.

Anyway, I was contemplating bringing Norman on my upcoming road trip to Palm Springs when I realized he had been before. This bear has gone everywhere. My boyfriend was OK with the idea, though he warned me to not lose him: "I would just feel bad" - funny how you can feel bad for a stuffed animal, but that's Norman!

Sometimes he tries to steal me away from my bf...



But they get along the rest of the time


He also embraces our newest member, Muk Muk


Norman has gone everywhere, here he is in Palm Springs with my old dog Ellie


Here he is at the cabin


On the way to Seattle...


Going to Disneyland!


Getting a last minute hug from Mike before I leave for Finland


At my cousin's in Helsinki


With his Finnish/Canadian bear friend in Finland


Let's not forget Hawaii!



Here's to many more adventures with NORMAN THE BEAR!



Amber said...

Oh, I love this post - and Norman! I have a bear which I've had since the day I was born, and I'm ridiculously attached to him - it would seriously break my heart if anything happened to him. Strangely enough, I'm also always finding him in strange situations - wearing my shoes, wearing my underwear... I think ol' Ted has a secret life I don't know about.

I'm also so relieved to know I'm not the only one who had imaginary horses as a child. SO relieved.

CrazyPrincess said...

This post is so sweet! And it made me realize I really didn't have a blankie or anything growing up either. Maybe that is why Ia m so attached to my stuffed animals now. My husband is great at the crane game (you know those arcade games that you can nab prizes out of) and every thing he wins me I love. They litter my backseat. I love that he takes the time to try and win me something each time he sees one.

daisychain said...

this post is utterly adorable, love Norman.

Couture Carrie said...

Totally adorable post, darling!
Love Norman and these pics ~ you are too cute!


AsianCajuns (Cath) said...

I love Norman - he's more traveled than I am! So much better than any security blanket. Are you thinking about getting another dog? Not that it counts for anything, but I totally support that idea! Unless it would make Norman jealous.

Becca. said...

haha, that bear is adorable!!!

please enter the latest competition to win an LBD!


Dina's Days said...

hahaha, I love Norman with the pine trees. hahahaha. I got the earrings, I love them they are so soft and feminine. Can't wait to share them on my blog :)


Lovely post! ^^

if you want, give a look to my blog, u'r welcome

Susu Paris Chic said...

Norman is the cutest teddy ever! You know, I have Finnish origins as well... now fashion blogging in Paris!

AsianCajuns (Cath) said...

You should definitely do some vlogs - maybe a few staring Norman :)

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Awww...that's so cute! I think it's sweet when people develops a bond with their stuffed animal! Give Norman a kiss for me! xoxoxooo

Kass said...

That's like me and my Donkey :) He's been all over the world with me, and provides me with great comfort whenever I need a friend.

lisa said...

Norman's so cute! I love this post; two adorable thumbs up. :)

surfercam said...

I'm baaaack!
How have you been?

Love the bear and the name Norman is awesome!

Kristin said...

Norman has REALLY lived! Color me jealous of that adorable bear!

Annie Spandex said...

Norman's travel log is impressive!!

Super cute post! I love the little note. Big smiles! xx

mike said...


Several years ago my girlfriend was given Borris the Bear and he has since became her new spiritual animal.

Teddy bears are great. They don’t eat that much food or shit all over the place. They don’t complain or get sick and they’re always there for you. They’re silent givers, not loud takers.

I built a MySpace page (Corny, I know, but it was a few years ago) for Borris over here.

We’re starting to get concerned though. There’s only so many times you can wash the guy before he starts showing his age.

M said...

I never had a teddy or anything like that growing up either. I had a favourite stuffed eeyore toy but that was the closest I got.

Loving your Norman <3