Every so often a theme emerges in my travels and I notice things I haven't noticed before.
We had been many times to an antique and collectibles store. There were always a bunch of primitive dolls but slowly they have sold over the years. I was rummaging around to see if any were left when I lifted up a crocheted afghan. Underneath was a bear with its arms raised and smiling at me. I saw the tag it was wearing: "old and worn." I could relate to that. Bear came home with me since Bear was marked down next to nothing. Bear is a new bear made to look old and very nicely made.
I forgot Bear was in the back seat. I reached around to get my camera and there was Bear smiling back at me. I hadn't placed the bear in a seated position but I guess it preferred vertical to horizontal. I had wrapped it carefully in that blue towel.
Bear and baby below are carved out of a tree stump. There are a lot of decorative chain sawed bears on lawns and they are sold at craft fairs and pretty common. But this one was carved right along a stone wall along a rural highway.