November 23rd, 2005



Originally uploaded by drmellow.

A few weeks ago, L, one of the members of my Sunday School class, gave me a small brown paper bag with the word "Wallace" written in magic marker on it. The bag's opening was folded over and fastened with a lapel pin that was in the shape of a cross.

I was a bit confused. As I opened the bag and pulled out a Beanie Baby, L started to explain. L was very close to our friend Mike, who passed away a couple of months ago. Recently, Mike's sister gathered a lot of Mike's friends together and distributed some of his stuff. Apparently, he had a lot of Beanie Babies, and Mike's sister thought it would be nice to give them to his friends. Mike also had a bunch of lapel pins -- mostly crosses -- and his sister used them as bag fasteners. It sounds like everyone had a good time opening up their bags and showing off the bears. There were more bears than people, so Mike's sister gave L a couple of extra bags and told her to give them to some of Mike's friends in the Sunday School class. I'm honored that L gave one to me. My bear is named Wallace and he's got a cute little scarf.

For the past couple of weeks, Wallace has just been sitting on my desk and I've been trying to figure out what to do with the lapel pin. I didn't want to mix it in with my collection of lapel pins, because this one's a bit special. It finally dawned on me to put the pin on Wallace's scarf. So, that's what I did. Now I need to figure out where Wallace is going to live long-term, because I don't think it's going to be on my desk.

Doing this with Mike's Beanie Babies and lapel pins was a really, really neat idea.

Thanks, Mike.