Here he is, posing with the family who found him!
What a surprise to find an email with a photo of The Lackos and Little Bear! In the past few days I have been greeted by wonderful photos of Little Bear, horseback riding, fishing, sitting on flowers and having wonderful adventures in the Adirondacks! But since I lost L.B. in Lake Placid, NY on August 4th, I wasn't really sure who he was with.
The Lackos shared more photos...with captions!
"Little Bear loves driving his little AAR 'Cuda, just like his friends like driving theirs. Took him a while to get used to the 4 speed."
"Bear has shown an interest in winter sports since his Lake Placid visit. He asked us to teach him hockey."
"Learning to shoot a game of pool."
I've been perplexed since I took this photo 10 days ago. Just minutes after this moment, I discovered he'd fallen through a hole in my pocket. I retraced steps and found nothing. Where did he go?
The next day before leaving Lake Placid, I left 5 notes on Main Street. I knew it was ridiculous to hope that someone would find the bear and then happen to find a note.
5 days later I received an email (written by L.B.) saying he'd been found by a nice family. For the next few days I was thrilled each time I received a new photo of (slightly battered) Little Bear in the midst of adventure around Lake Placid. I was delighted that the "finders" were having some fun with the bear and camera. But who really had him?
The Best Note I Could Have Hoped For!
When the email arrived with the photo of the Lackos, all I could do was grin. What a treat to see the heroes of this crazy story! They didn't just find Little Bear. They were enjoying the same silly fun that I have had with L.B. Photographing the bear in different settings is not really what it's about. The bear is an oddly addictive tool for enjoying the world from a different perspective! But somehow you really do grow attached to this little furry guy. Here is the sweet note that came with the photo.
Hello, we are the Lackos. We are Bear's friends. We have enjoyed him so much. We have returned to our home in Lansing, NY. We would really like Bear to stay a few more days with us, to show him around downtown Ithica and over to Cornell University. If you send your address we will send Bear back home to his mom, safe and sound.
I was pretty giddy writing the Lackos back! Of course they could keep him longer. It's been so great sharing the fun with another family! I asked if I could post their family photo on the blog and they said that would be fine...then added, "We have had a great time with Little Bear. It was one of the best parts of our vacation." SIGH!
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.