Diary of Stay at Home Dad: It was a hairy bear, it was a …

Schoolhouse Rock Bear

Schoolhouse Rock Bear

For whatever reason the picture of the bear by the grave stone of our Linda Claire has generated some interest.  To recap, my nephew Sean put the bear there on the day of the funeral.  Tracy and I took Anne Marie to the cemetery this past week on her birthday and the one year anniversary and were surprised to see the bear still kneeling there.  He’s weathered man. He’s been through some serious storms, snow, all kinds of stuff.  But there he kneels.

I didn’t know until today that one of my sisters, Susan, took a picture of the grave on the day of the funeral.

Be advised I’m not implying any spiritual symbolism or that the bear is somehow watching over Linda Claire.  We’re secure in our faith and we know where Linda Claire is.

I just think it’s an interesting circumstance that the little bugger is still there and upright. Several laws of physics have been violated and proven at the same time.  Not to mention the law of the cemetery, which is roughly: if you put something nice down by a grave stone, rest assured someone will take it.  As you may note in the top left of the first picture someone took the flower pot from that other grave.  That may be the most amazing thing of all, that no one grabbed him up after an entire year.

So anyway here are the pictures for your comparison and wonder.

March 2012

March 2012

March 2013 - still standing.  Or in this case kneeling.

March 2013 – still standing. Or in this case kneeling.










That’s it.  No deep insights, no philosophical conundrums, no spritual underpinnings.

He’s just a bear.

And he’s still there.

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12 comments on “Diary of Stay at Home Dad: It was a hairy bear, it was a …

  1. JETSR says:

    Thanks for this post Fran. Powerful, rewarding, and a spiritual connection. Kerry and I have missed important parts of you and Tracy’s life; we are blessed to call you friends.

  2. Chris Coyne says:

    The beauty in this is the faith to KNOW she’s an angel with our Lord…and the joy in BELIEVING there’s a reason why that bear is “still there.”

    Goosebumps pal.

  3. Aunt Carol says:

    The power of love and faith is unmeasureable. When our Sean placed the bear, he had much love in his heart for our precious angel Linda Claire! Lots of love to all of you! xoxoxo

  4. joy says:

    Votre petit ange est dans les lymbes sacrées .Son ours se souvient d’elle maintenant il faut qu’il vive et qu’il aime ANNE-MARIE autant qu’il aurait aimé LINDA-CLAIRE ,son frère et vous deux.Je sais que la vie est parfois mal faite mais l’espoir fait vivre .Je sais aussi que chaque année le mois de mars sera pour vous un mois difficile mais pensez à ANNE-MARIE QUI ESTEN AUCUN CAS RESPONSABLE SE LA DISPARITION DE SA JUMELLE. J’ai connu moi même ce dueil par la perte de mon propre enfant en SEPTEMBREet chaque année j’y pense toujours malgrès le temps qui passe .Son ours n’oublira pas mais sa BLESSURE SE REFERMERA DOUCEMENT POUR ATTENUER SA PEINE .je suis de tout coeur avec vous BONNE FETE DE PAQUES à VOUS QUATRE ET à VOTRE FAMILLE joy

  5. Maggie says:

    Beautiful post, Fran. The girls are always in my prayers.

  6. 1st-time mom says:

    This is a very touching post. I went back and read your older posts. I had no idea your family went through so much.
    God Bless You!

    • fmlinardo says:

      Thanks Elvira. Looking back over this year it’s finally all starting to sink in as far as where we started, where we are now, etc… The blog has actually helped fill in some blanks as the details get fuzzy over time.


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