This series I call Photo Ops In Your Own House. This week the topic is Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys.
The Black Raggedy Ann & Andy are from my Army Days. I had them made for me and requested they be Black. You can see a Star Trek Bear and a white Teddy bear all the way in the back to the right. I received the Graduation Teddy Bears when I graduate Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College May 2002.
The small Graduation Teddy Bear was given to me by my brother Stephen. He was able to attend my Graduation Ceremony at Alice Tully Hall which is part of the Met Opera. The rest of the Graduation bears were given to me by my co-workers from my former job. I remember coming to work and seeing my desk filled with Graduation Teddy Bears.
It was a touching moment capping 8 years of hard work. I went back to school when I was 36 after my Dad died. Then during the course of my time in school my Mom passed away. I was working full-time and going to school after work and on weekends. Yes I was and still am proud of this accomplishment.
The song you here featured in the video is There is No Me Without You by The Manhattans. I had the pleasure and privilege of seeing them perform Live when I was stationed in Germany. That would have been around 1978 or 1979.