October 30, 2012

A Teddy Bear Tale

What you are about to read is believed by the party involved to have happened.  The person is completely credible and the story is unusual.  I have altered some of the details at the request of the person involved though, aside from that, what you are about to read is the story as I understand it.  It is up to you to decide how it happened…

Cindy lived with her two terrier mix dogs in a townhouse she rented in a trendy area of southern California.  She was 28 years old, college educated, and worked as an Office Manager for a mortgage company.  Her commute to work took nearly an hour each way, but she did not care because she enjoyed where she was living.

Her life to this point was fairly typical and according to Cindy she had no history of anything strange ever really happening to her.  Her parents were supportive and she was close to her brother and sister, though they lived in another part of the state.  She dated occasionally, though she had no one steady in her life at the time.

One day in October, she believes it was a Friday, she came home after a long commute and walked upstairs to her bedroom to get comfortable.  As she passed the spare room that she used as an office something seemed odd.  She continued on to her bedroom and as she put on her shorts and walking shoes, but she could not shake that feeling that something was not quite right.  Before she took the dogs out for a walk, she retraced her steps and stopped in her tracks when she looked into the spare room.

As she looked into the office she saw that the bed was still made and nothing was on the floor.  She also noticed that the closet door was closed just as she had left it that morning.  In the far corner, her desk chair was exactly where she parked it under the small table that served as her desk. So far so good she thought to herself.

However, when she looked on the desk, her heart pounded, her hairs stiffened, and goose bumps appeared instantly.  She froze and just stared at her desk for a long while.  What she saw, was really nothing much at first glance, but to Cindy it was surreal and not possible.  Her small brown teddy bear was standing on its head in front of the inbox, perfectly balanced.  The problems with this were several and they were exactly what had unnerved Cindy so much.  The first problem was that Cindy did not leave the bear that way and the second was that she knew it probably could not be done, at least not without glue, strings, and/or some other manner of support.  Lastly, all of this caused her to want to scream, though she held back.

Being a practical person, she spent a long while just studying the 12 inch, 8 ounce, toy with a bean filled body and stuffing filled head and appendages. She did this to confirm that there was no way that this pose was possible without support.  She looked for thread, wires, and glue and found absolutely nothing.  She then stopped and quickly checked the rest of her townhouse for signs of someone having been there.  Since she was a very neat person she would have spotted anything out-of-place in an instant, but she found everything in perfect order except for her bear.

She went back to the office, sat down, and finally grabbed the bear taking it from the unnatural position that it was in.  She then thoroughly checked it over for anything that could explain what had happened.  The bear was a little dusty, but otherwise in like new condition and, as far as she could tell, completely unaltered in every way.  She thought to herself that perhaps she was wrong and that an earthquake had made the bear fall and land on its head and that maybe just maybe it could somehow be posed in that way after all.  She spent the next half hour trying to repeat the pose but the bean bag torso and stuffing filled appendages would not allow it.  The bear simply could not be posed on its head perfectly balanced the way she found it, no matter what she did, even by leaning it against the wall for support!

Two people had access to her apartment, her landlord and her ex-boyfriend, who still had not returned his key.  The next day she explained the weird situation to both and was told flatly that neither had done it.  In fact, her ex-boyfriend was at work from the time she left that morning until well after she returned home that night, so he could not have done it.  Her landlord, who was also a neighbor, was honest and not one to break rules.  He told her that it is illegal for a landlord to enter without some compelling and urgent cause, like a fire, or without advanced notice being provided to the tenant, in non-urgent situations. He then reiterated to her that he did not do it, though he agreed the whole thing was very odd.

That day she felt uneasy, but she still loved the toy and did not want to get rid of it.  Her mother understood that her daughter loved antiques and had a fondness for bears.  So, when her mom spotted the vintage teddy bear in like new condition, at a local street fair, she bought it and gave it to her daughter for Christmas.  Cindy immediately loved the bear and put it on top of her inbox in the office.  The bear had been in the same spot for nearly a year, and only moved when Cindy picked it up to place unpaid bills underneath or pull them out to pay them.

After much thought, Cindy, who was raised Catholic, though she did not attend church, made a decision.  She grabbed some holy water that her grandmother had given her and sprinkled it on the bear.  She then said a brief prayer to herself.  After that she looked the bear in the eyes with a clarity of thought and absolute intent and said out load if he ever moved even millimeter or so much as gave her a creepy feeling again, she would immediately burn the bear to ashes and scatter what remained over a wide area.  When she was done with her statement to the bear, she left the room and went on with her life not thinking much about it again.

That was well over a decade ago, and according to Cindy, he still sits on top of her inbox, in her office. He has not ever given a repeat performance, though Cindy still occasionally wonders how, and why, it happened and she still says it is the oddest thing that she has ever experienced before or since.


  1. Good Halloween story, but I don’t believe it for a minute!

    Comment by hoping4astory — October 31, 2012 @ 1:02 am | Reply

  2. Enjoyed that one, gave me the goose-bumps…thanks!

    Comment by asklotta — October 31, 2012 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  3. Cool story…. freaky.. 🙂 Never been a fan od stuff animals….

    Comment by evelyn — October 31, 2012 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  4. Great Halloween story!

    Comment by Rio Guzman — October 31, 2012 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  5. Shivers! Good story. We’ve had things move that shouldn’t, and we don’t get earthquakes.

    Comment by karihunter59 — November 1, 2012 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  6. There are more things in life than we can explain. I can believe that such things could happen but not for a bad reasons but possible for something good, like an angel putting the bear in that position to get our attention. Great story! Lynn Davis

    Comment by lynndaviscakes — November 1, 2012 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  7. I’m a little sad she was so … firm with the bear. Maybe it was trying to tell her something. I mean, he seems like a pretty obedient little thing, so it’s hard to think there was anything sinister going on.

    Comment by The Paranormalist - Renae Rude — November 1, 2012 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

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    Trackback by best toys 2009 — November 2, 2012 @ 3:01 am | Reply

  9. Weeeeeeird.

    Comment by kuhniverse — November 2, 2012 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for following me! God bless you! Be sure and check out http://PromiseBook.net, my other website dedicated to devotionals and scripture! Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend!

    Comment by Lyn Leahz — November 2, 2012 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  11. Have a houseful of teddy bears myself and have never experienced anything like this…ever! Makes for a great and entertaining story, but a little far fetched.

    Comment by Gypsy Bev — November 3, 2012 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  12. Teddy Bears are special. Heck, all stuffed animals are special because they “receive” the love of their humans. However, Teddy Bears are even more special, because of their ancestry/heritage/history! 🙂 Please tell your friend she did right, no matter WHAT or WHY or HOW the Bear “decided” to stand on his head!

    Good story. Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by hugr5 — November 3, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  13. Thanks for following my blog!

    Comment by Cinema Wonk — November 3, 2012 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  14. If I had such a bear, I’d thank it. I’ve been startled, occasionally, in such a way and sometimes I perceive the message (the metaphor) and then other times, I think the message simply is: wake up!

    Comment by Michael Patton — November 4, 2012 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  15. Really nice story! Loved it 🙂

    Comment by lolaghost — November 4, 2012 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  16. A bit creepy but entertaining and funnily, I just watched the movie “Ted” last week, which is somewhat scary in itself.

    By the way, I’ve never seen so many tags on one post!

    Comment by princessprattles — November 5, 2012 @ 3:56 am | Reply

  17. AnElephantCant help thinking that the most obvious answer is probably correct.
    The poor teddy bear was concerned about growing stiff from lack of exercise and so was doing his daily routine. He was unfortunately surprised by Cindy’s return and, being a caring bear, stayed still in that somewhat unusual position so as not to frighten her. He is probably still suffering trauma from his splash of holy water, and so is much more careful in the timing of his keep-fit regime.

    Comment by anelephantcant — November 7, 2012 @ 6:40 am | Reply

  18. Very creepy. I have to admit to using the holy water in my house once for a creepy incident so I’m open to the fact that strange things can happen. Do they happen to teddy bear? I can’t say one way or another.
    Thanks for following my blog btw!

    Comment by jenfbs — November 9, 2012 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  19. Very much enjoyed reading this little story. Definitely good for a chuckle. It is letting me leave the house this morning with a smile on my face.

    Comment by Joseph de Lange — November 9, 2012 @ 10:55 am | Reply

  20. it’s like paranormal…hahaha. great story!

    Comment by Irene — November 9, 2012 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  21. Very strange but interesting read thank you 🙂

    Comment by katrinamillen — November 9, 2012 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  22. Thanks for your follow! What a great writer you are. I found myself totally entrhalled by your words and descriptions! Loved this story!

    Comment by Body Image Bulder — November 9, 2012 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  23. Whoa, creepy! I am Catholic and remember being told stories as a kid about how the devil was all around you and could do creepy/paranormal things to you. Pretty scary when you are a little kid 🙂

    Comment by Erin's DC Kitchen — November 9, 2012 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

    • Please don’t even let it cross your mind that a teddy bear could be filled with the devil. Now that is creepy! Enjoy it as a story, even a paranormal story, but leave out the devil.

      Comment by Gypsy Bev — November 10, 2012 @ 12:03 am | Reply

      • Well let’s not forget the clown in poltergeist! LOL

        Comment by Lyn Leahz — November 10, 2012 @ 12:34 am

  24. This was downright scary, great story!

    Comment by clara_w — November 9, 2012 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  25. It’s obvious who done it – one of her terrier dogs!

    Comment by jumeirajames — November 9, 2012 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

  26. That was thoroughly entertaining, I hope it’s true…although I don’t want it happening to me.

    Comment by Candace — November 9, 2012 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

  27. Never turn your back on a bored teddy bear, if your going to be an adult and keep toys remember to play with them or they will play with you…..

    Comment by thehistorian2012 — November 10, 2012 @ 2:59 am | Reply

  28. Something strange happened in my childhood concerning one of my toys. He disappeared for a couple of days and miraculously appeared on the family couch one day! So your story is totally believable no matter what the skeptics say…

    Comment by CynTruDian — November 11, 2012 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

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    Any way keep up wrinting.

    Comment by Brendan Worthy — November 15, 2012 @ 3:39 am | Reply

  30. How flippin weird! Ugh!

    Comment by moi du toi photography — November 18, 2012 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  31. Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this blog post.
    It was practical. Keep on posting!

    Comment by fashion tv shows list — November 19, 2012 @ 1:58 am | Reply

  32. Too bad she had to douse the bear with salt water. Not good for the his skin. 🙂

    Comment by Mark Barnet — November 19, 2012 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  33. Very neat article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

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