The other Tuesday, the 27th June to be precise, the radio told me that Michael Bond had died. Being the author and creator of my childhood favourite, Paddington Bear, I was sad. It’s a natural thing to do when someone creative or clever or wise has passed on.
But then hearing he was a hearty 91 when he died, my emotion moved into one of gladness that he’d lived a long and full life and had passed on something very precious to us. I hadn’t realised quite how precious until I heard the radio programme explain where his inspiration had come for that most polite, yet downright chaotic, bear. Continue reading