I've recently joined micechat to learn more about Duffy and as I've been reading old posts I thought it time to at least say hello...
I'm a true newbie to Duffy as I didn't even know of his existence until last weekend... and in fact, only bumped into him whilst looking for a sweater for another teddy. But I'm catching up fast, and I'm in full-on Duffy love here! Every spare moment (when I should be getting ready for Christmas) I've been reading as much as I can about him and loving all of the posts, blogs, pictures, youtube, and adventures you all are having!
I'm currently Duffy-less but I've put him on the top of my Christmas list and I personally delivered that to Santa a couple of days ago so I think I will be doing a happy Duffy dance in just over a week! Gosh, I love Christmas and haven't been this excited since my kids still believed in all things magical. As it happens, just a few weeks back I was thinking about again getting a BAB as ours were lost in hurricane Sandy. The destruction of so much of our home (people, pets and bears were safe) has changed what I bring into our life though. Finding out about Duffy I had an immediate sense of being on the other side of that stressful time and I think he is a wonderful way to make the transition to the next part of my life.
I've been a teddy bear person for a long time, but being a mom put it on the back burner for years. My youngest (who will fly the nest soon) re-ignited my bear collecting a few years back with his interest. We even had BAB's for a few years but then my son grew up and out of most of that. I have bears in most rooms but since our house is small, I try to keep a reasonable limit on it but I often find bears everywhere "speak" to me and ask to come home... hey, what's a bear lover to do??? My constant companion in a 3.5" bear Theodore (avatar pic) that has all kinds of adventures on his own.
Growing up I only had one visit to DL when I was 11 years old. It was a cherished memory and it wasn't until I was in my 40's that I made it to WDW - wow, that was awesome especially sharing it with my kids. Oddly, I don't remember the Disney bear (we were there before 2010) at all. I have absolutely no problem with there not being a movie/character tie-in to Duffy - it doesn't matter to me at all and in some ways I like it better as I find his personality more adaptable that way. I love what I'm reading about the Japanese connection and the development of his story. Can someone fill me in on the Duffy Post? Is that announced at certain time/s of the year?
Thank you for all the thoughtful discussion and support you provide here on micechat - it is a wonderful resource and a loving, fun community from what I've read. And always, it is terrific to be in the company of others who "get" one's passion!