Saturday, May 27, 2017

Two Bears In A Box

Hi Everyone,
I have a bit of a back story for this little box.  I will try to be as brief as I can.  Over the years at work my friend Kathy and I would go on break together. Twice a day for 15 minutes, for about 10 years or so. Maybe even more.  We would walk and talk and pretty much brighten each others day.  Kathy is a dear friend and we were always bouncing stories off of one another. At one point in time we worked in the same department but even when we changed our departments we continued to go on break together. Okay ... here is the story ... one day we were walking along and there on the ground we see one of those pencil topper animals. It was a koala bear.  It was so cute. We picked it up and carefully placed on the branch of a box hedge.  He looked so cute clipped onto the branch.  Every time we would walk we would look for him.  As the seasons would change we would check on him.  Sometimes it was difficult to find him.  That little koala hung in there through rain, snow and the summer heat for years.  We started to notice his fur was falling away.  Time was starting to take its toll on our little koala bear.  And time was beginning to take its toll on me as well.  Diagnosed in Jan. 2016 with pancreatic cancer I was out of work for 10 months.  I was thankful that I was able to return to work for about 4 months or so but as my health failed I once again left work in Feb. '17.  I felt like I abandoned my break buddy.  Kathy and I stay in close contact and one day she called me to tell me that the property owner where our koala was had taken down the hedges.  Our koala was gone! Kathy looked and looked for him but to no avail she was unable to find him.  We were both saddened by this turn of events.  Silly I know, two grown women getting upset over a pencil topper.  In the back of my mind I knew I had to somehow commemorate our break times together and our little koala bear too.  So here is a picture of my little something, something I made for my dear friend Kathy.

I am retiring from my position at work and I will miss everyone from my work family so much but none as much as my dear friend Kathy.  I really had fun with this box and those little bears and Kathy loved them too! Till next time friends, thanks for stopping by.


  1. This was awesome. So sad about your cancer but happy you have a life time friend. The card and bears turned out great and good luck with your next leg of your journey we call life. Praying for you.

  2. This is so cute Lysa! I loved your story and I would have been upset and looking for the little kola bear too. I'm sad you had to give up your position at work Lysa, cancer just really sucks big time! Know you are in my thoughts and prayers my friend. Hugs, Brenda