Ted makes a spectacular comeback and returns to work at his front yard in Hewlett North.
As the country sank back into the Level 4 lockdown, there were some who refused to let Kwade 19 down. And with that, the bears came back.
Teddy bears lined the windows around New Zealand homes as people come up with creative ideas to entertain children during the country’s first lockdown last year.
But there is one special bear that got the following, and that is Ted from Hewlett North.
Ted looked out the window of a local opshop three years ago before entering the arms of his beloved owner, Archie, thanks to his grandfather. Like thousands of other families, Ted was later used for entertainment during the lockdown.
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But since he spent so much time looking out the window, Ted’s character was a little different – he had to work.
Archie’s mother – Chanel Murray – said that when she first worked during the lockdown, her husband and Archie came up with different ideas for Ted every day.
From picking leaves, washing and chopping wood, it didn’t take long for Ted to get attention.
Ted once again appeared on the front lawn on the first day of the country’s second Level 4 lockdown, with a “welcome back” painting, much to the delight of passersby.
“It’s a small thing for people in an uncertain time. It brightens their day and gives them something to look forward to,” Murray said.
“We live in a corner section and get a lot of traffic. Our neighbors started taking notes and checking what he was doing every day, like the passers-by did, and since then he’s got a lot of followers. And we had to keep going.
Murray said people would come up with ideas for Ted on a regular basis, but his day-to-day work really came down to the things in the dress-up box and the available props.
“We see people passing by, and the smiles on their faces brighten our day. Children run ahead of their parents to see what they are doing, people stand outside and take pictures. There are definitely people like that. Those who come every day just to see what he is doing and take pictures, that’s great.
Murray said Ted would continue to provide entertainment for walkers and families if the lockdown was extended.