Teddy and the Angels
Warm in Bed. Cozy. I roll over and the flashlight clipped to my Teddy Bear’s ear drives its hard, metal lump into my face.
“Are you awake?” Teddy’s soft voice lilts across the pillow.
“I am now.”
“Look!” Teddy points with his little leather paw. “The moon: it’s climbing the fir tree.”
Sure enough, a thin fingernail of gold is perched on a branch. It hides its face among the fir’s darkness and vanishes for a moment.
“The maple tree has a garland of tiny Christmas lights,” says Teddy, pointing again.
“Those aren’t Christmas lights, they’re stars.”
“Spoilsport. Look, that one’s moving. I think it’s an angel.”
“What time is it, Teddy?”
“I don’t know.”
“Here, lend me your flashlight.” I pull him towards me, switch on the torch, and focus its light on my wristwatch. “4:55 AM. That’s the early morning flight from Toronto. It’s a plane.”
“I’d much rather it was an angel.”
“Can we pretend it’s an angel, a Christmas angel?”
“Of course we can. But it’s gone now.”
“Perhaps angels don’t live long when they come to earth.”
“I think they live for ever. Especially if we believe in them.”
“Do you believe in angels?”
“I was taught to believe in my guardian angel.”
“What’s a guardian angel?”
“He’s the one who looks after you when you sleep at night.”
“But you don’t need a guardian angel. You’ve got me.”
“But you’re a teddy bear, not a guardian bear.”
“That’s true, but you’ve got Blueberry. He’s your guardian bear. Look at him standing there, on guard, all night long to protect you from the Night-Bumps.”
“Ah yes, good old Blueberry. I’ve got a busy day today. I need some more sleep.”
“Okay. Blueberry and I will watch over you. I’ll watch over you. I’ll let you know if any more angels climb the tree.”
“That would be nice. Now I’m going back to sleep.”
“Good night. Or should that be ‘good morning’.”
Some days, when I wake up, I think I have dreamed all of this. Other days, I believe in talking teddy bears and angels. Today, I’m not so sure.