A quiet evening with Ted

19 Jul

My very dear friend Judy,

Ted was rather bored earlier this evening.  He couldn’t find anything to amuse him on the TV.  I suggested a DVD – the other night I’d recorded one of the plays of William Shakesbear.  But Ted said he’d done Shakesbear at school and hadn’t rated him.

He is now happily occupied, lying on the sofa with a small can of beer, a slab of cake, a pencil and a notebook, making a list of my faults.

I am so very grateful to him, my dear Judy.  I’m always anxious to improve my character so that I can be worthy of him.

Yesterday he told me that he would like to enter the monastery which I visited recently for my period of reflection. They offer a four-week residency for bears who would like to sample the monastic life. To earn their keep, the bears have to help in the vegetable garden. I didn’t know that Ted was interested in gardening but he says he likes marrows and cucumbers.

What is your opinion, Judy?  Should I support him in this worthy plan? I am sure that the monastery would benefit enormously from Ted’s presence.  He has such a good, honest soul.  My friend the Archbear would, I feel, help Ted to discover his spiritual side.

Yours with deep affection,





3 Responses to “A quiet evening with Ted”

  1. Sister Ada July 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    As a nun in the Convent of the Weeping Martyr Bears, I think that Ted would benefit greatly from a month of getting up at 4am to chant and perform heavy manual labour. Sister Ada.

  2. Father Stephen July 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Thank you, dear Sister Ada.
    Ted does not usually like getting up very early (he says, ‘before the pubs are open’ but I know he is joking) so I am happy and delighted that he is willing to subject himself to the discipline of the monastic routine.
    Devotedly yours,

  3. Lorraine Gouland August 3, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I agree with Sister Ada, Stephen. I feel that your friend would benefit from being close to all those devoted and pure, monk-bears

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