By Truffle McFurry
(Illustration by Miki de Goodaboom)
On the way to the Cabo de Gata (Andalucia, Spain), in January this year, we stopped in Nijar, a little beautiful town with nice ceramics. Miki wanted to make some sketches and buy mugs there. But we were not 5 minutes in the town when I got so incredibly scared by something I saw: one big Teddy bear, slit open, was sitting under a tree, tied to a long wooden post and a bit further away, another one, a tiny little one, was hanging in the air from a post! There were other sad creatures too, also tied to posts, dolls and a green mini-cow.You might think it was a nice place to live for them, among the orange trees and the blossoming almond trees, but it was so creepy, poor things! So creepy that “I took my legs to my neck” (this is how the French say it!) and ran away as fast as I could and hid under the Boomobile!Later Miki explained to me that they were all used as scarecrows by the finca owner to protect his fruits. I am sorry, but I have no pity for his fruit. It took Miki hours to calm me down and convince me to go on with the trip.
Well, we cannot forget what we have seen there, and Miki and I have decided to found “Go Teddy!”, a league for the love, protection and support of all the Teddy Bears around the world.
Love you all (well, not the fruit guy…)
PLEASE JOIN GO TEDDY!