Leaving the Bear



Short story competitions have resulted in second prizes and quite a few Highly Commended certificates. for Margaret.

One was from the Laura Literary Festival in look this up.

That story was called “Leaving the Bear”.


 "Leaving the Bear” tells of a family who wish to leave Czechoslovakia . The parents tell their four year old daughter that she can take only one toy on the journey they are about to undertake. She wishes to take her beloved Teddy Bear but the father thunders that they will not take any bears (the symbol of the oppressor, Russia ) on this journey to freedom. The bear is left on the child's bed and later in life she wonders what was her toy's fate.