The Birdham Bear Interview

We were very excited to be featured in the Chichester Post last week … on page 5 with a photo on the front page pointing to the article inside! It occurred to me afterwards that the article was based only on my perspective and I wondered if a bear has ever been interviewed for a publication … Sooty maybe?

With that in mind I thought it would be fun to find out what Birdham Bear has to say so decided to interview him myself; and share his wisdom with you all. As I suspected he had too much to say for one blog so the interview will be serialised.

The Birdham Bear Interview Part 1

L: Why were you in such a hurry to be knitted? I remember the urgency I felt to finish making you and certainly knew I wasn’t in charge of the process.

BB: Because the world is such an amazing place and I couldn’t experience it fully without being in physical form. I’d been waiting for someone to connect with my energy and be willing to bring me to the world.

It’s difficult to explain how it is when you don’t have a body – you’re part of everything which means you are everything, everywhere, all at once. Pretty amazing (I’ll tell you more about that another time) but you don’t know what anything actually physically feels like.

I knew what it was to be a blade of grass but not what grass feels like to walk on. I loved being water, knowing I was part of all of life on the planet, but I had no idea how beautifully water sparkles in sunlight. I wanted to know what clouds look like; I didn’t know their shapes make pictures – that’s why it’s now my favourite game.

And the taste of porridge with maple syrup – I never imagined it would be SO delicious. I thought Mr Fox’s fur would feel good but had no idea how warm it would be after he’d been lying in the sun. And the lovely foxy smell – how can you know to expect that when you don’t have a nose!

It’s such a privilege to have a physical body and be able to experience the world. And there’s so much of it to discover! I’m making so many friends; fairies are brilliant … they really know how to have fun! I love being Birdham Bear and seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, feeling everything the world has to offer. There is so much magic everywhere – we just need to be willing to see it.

Did I tell you I had a long chat with an ant in the garden yesterday …