Grot boy and I had been reading the teddies a chapter a night from The Wind in the Willows, one of our favourite books as children. Bobby had a surprising fascination with toad. “He’s very adventurous and mischievous,” he told me. Hephie and I like to go driving just like toad, but we would never steal a car. We only take grot boy’s old beat up car.”
Dwight thought toad was a very handsome character, “He dresses very smartly – quite a fashionable character for his time,” she told us. “Why can’t Bobby be more like toad?”
But all the teddies thought the most fun parts of the story were Rat and Mole mucking around in boats. So we weren’t at all surprised when one evening the teddies announced after their bedtime story, “We’ve decided! We all want to go boating, just like in The Wind in the Willows.”
Grot boy thought that seemed a nice idea. “What an excellent suggestion. We can all go on a family outing together where we all enjoy the same activity,” he agreed innocently.
But it turned out to be not quite so simple. We shouldn’t have been surprised when the teddies each proposed a very different vision of a boating expedition and what we would do.
Ccino wanted to go out in a little rowing boat. “Then I can bounce around and rock the boat backwards and forwards so it’s really scary and everyone thinks they’re going to fall in the water. That would be lots and lots of fun,” he exclaimed.
Ted 2 declared, “We should go fishing in the boat. Then we can be practical and catch dinner for grot boy and grot girl. We shouldn’t waste our time just having fun.”
But Buddha Bear was most unhappy with this suggestion. “I don’t think we should kill poor innocent fish. Boating is an opportunity to experience nature and appreciate the here and now, not destroy other creatures,” he explained.
For Dwight, boating meant dressing up in a beautiful, diaphanous poolside costume, lying under a parasol and sipping a brightly coloured, glamorous drink
Teddy thought that sitting quietly in a boat, reading in the sun, was a pleasant idea but was worried about Hephie, “Are you sure that we can get a boat big enough so Hephie won’t make it sink?” he asked
Bobby, as was often the case, was the easiest to please. “I think if we just take a nice, big picnic lunch we’ll all have a wonderful time,” he told us.
While everyone else was debating their boating preferences, grot boy was trying to think of a solution that would make us all happy. “Why don’t we go on a boat cruise down the canals of France?” he asked. “There’ll be lots of room for Ccino to run around, with plenty of nooks and crannies for Ccino and Hephie to hides in, we can stop in quaint country towns for Dwight to go shopping, and there’ll be plenty of yummy French food for all of us.”
The screams of delight from all the teddies, and me, showed grot boy he’d found the ideal solution.
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