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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Panda Bear Picnic

Yesterday, the Tongginator's class hosted a Teddy Bear Picnic. I'm sure all of the mommas of preschoolers out there know of what I speak: a cheese-fest dedicated to those lovable, huggable stuffed critters. The class sang that annoying song "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear," looked for bear tracks in the schoolyard, ate Teddy Grahams and - best of all (can you totally hear the sarcasm?) - every student brought along his or her favorite teddy bear. Every student, that is, except the Tongginator.

Because the Tongginator brought this:













The Tongginator, May 2005 at 15 months old

The child is obsessed with panda bears. I mean truly obsessed. (She even has a panda bear trash can in her room.) I must confess that the Tongginator comes by her obsession honestly. Let's just say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

















Tonggu Momma, circa 1976-ish

I do, however, need to pass the blame along even further, one ADDITIONAL generation back. Because I am all about pointing fingers at someone else personal responsibility. I sincerely feel that Tonggu Grammy really needs to apologize for her part in all of this.
















Aunt P, Tonggu Grammy and Aunt M, circa 1967-ish

So the obsession is totally NOT because the Tongginator was born in China. I can't tell you the actual reasons because I myself do not understand, but I can rule out the Born In China Theory. It's embarrassing - the cliche of it all - which is why this will never end up in one of our photo albums. For more photos and stories that will never see the pages of a scrapbook, check out Sincerely Fro Me To You at We Are THAT Family.

37 comments:

PIPO said...

Beats the pants off of a lizard fetish...we'd really talk about you all then!

McEwens said...

It is a cute panda bear though! WAY better than a teddy bear!!!!

You know what it is.. it isnt your fault, or your moms, it is NIXONS fault! How, I think he was the president that had the pandas flown over to the DC zoo... thats when the craze took off, so granny is off the hook and Nixon is on!

Janet said...

My absolutely FAVOURITE bear when I was growing up was a koala. And I'm not Australian. I mean, then all my kids should like polar bears, being from Canada and all.....LOL!

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

Well, I myself think Panda bears are cuter than teddy bears, and it has nothing to do with my Mom being Chinese-Filipino. The school should just have exercised tolerance and diversity and had a plain old Bear picnic without discrination against bears not of the Teddy kind. Sheesh!

P.S. Tonggu Grammy's photo is adorable :-)

Crayl said...

Love the family line of Panda love! Love the photos too.

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Pandas can't help that they are so darn cute!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Do you know how awesome this is? Wow, I am bubbling inside from these photos!

Third Mom said...

Awwww, pandas are so dang cute, who WOULDN'T be obsessed with them if they could be? Love that picture of the Tongginator with her bear, you can tell she loves it!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my word....look how little T was in that picture!!

I would have to agree that TG started the Panda craze....how funny..those pictures are classic, Circa 1970's!!

Like PIPO said, she could be obsessed with something a lot worse than cute little Panda's!

polarbearinchina said...

That is so cool! It is neat that you have pictures from three generations with a panda!!!

Love your blog. I found you through Pipo. :o)

Briana's Mom said...

Pandas are so cute! There is no shame in having a panda obsession!

As for Bri, she is so obsessed with her "baby" right now that I have a feeling that "baby" would have attended the teddy bear picnic. At least T is still in the bear family!

K and/or K said...

I love that your generations share the panda love! Panda love is "nurture" apparently! :-)

Jennifer said...

That picture of grandma is precious! I love how you have three generations of panda lovers!

We are THAT Family said...

Those are fabulous pictures and I think you can just chalk it up to a 'family thing!' I think it's pretty cool!

P.S. He loves you... said...

How sweet!

heidi said...

That is so cute! I love how you all have loved a different panda through out the years. Very cute. It can be your family animal. ;-)

Tammy said...

How great that you have photos of all of you with a Panda.

My son has a thing for pandas too, he even did a project on them last year. Complete with their names written in Chinese. He likes to do it right.

3D said...

Very cool running theme/coincidence!

Keep smilin!

Misty said...

i was dually obsessed with a koala and panda teddy i had.... i still have the koala but mr panda, er, got destuffed. i think it is great that the pandas go way back when!!

Aunt LoLo said...

They didn't even sing the Teddy Bear's Picnic song?! Sacrilage.

Isn't it funny how you can find "your" family (children, parents, aunts, uncles...) in the FURTHEST of strange and far off places? Even if not made "legally" mine, I have some pretty far-fetched family. Miss T. was meant to be your baby girl!

Michelle said...

Oh, cute! Well...yay for her for being different! Panda Bears are waaayy cute! Okay...love the early pics of you!

Michelle said...

I like T's choice for her Bear Day. How great that you can not only trace back your panda obsession three generations through memories, but pictures!! I love the picture of you as a kid. What a darling little smile!

Beverly said...

I think that is great. Totally those three pics need to be side by side framed in Tonginators room, seriously!! I love her choice. where I live we have two on loan China pandas and after we came home and went to the zoo that would be the first place we would go so Glenys actually started calling them zoo-ahs. I didn't correct her because I thought it was so cute. She got it figured out though, :[

Rebecca Ramsey said...

That's remarkable! Your family was meant for your little sweetie. And I'm convinced: nothing is cuter than a panda.
Love the old pics!

prechrswife said...

That is just precious! :-)

CC said...

We lurve Panda's round my super home.

But TG does owe you some kind of apology!!

Heather of the EO said...

You have the best ideas for these Sincerely Fro Me To You posts. Love it.

I just love these photos!

Valarie said...

Well that is a pretty cute bear to love if you are gonna love a bear. :)

marky said...

What a cool connection! BTW..I adored Kristy McNichol! LOL thanks for visiting me today;-)

Sharie said...

A bear is a bear is a bear...
I should know.

Share Bear
Aka Sharie

Jerralea said...

I love panda bears! I think it's cute that you have pictures proving it runs in the family. Ok, maybe it's not genetic, just environmental!

Lula! said...

This is me, waving back to you! I am loving your blog...

Muthering Heights said...

I can't blame any of you...pandas are sooooo cute!

Rebecca said...

NO WAY... you have pictures of Tonggu GRAMMY with a panda???

Like grammy, like mother, like daughter. :)

OziMum said...

Like Mother like Daughter!

...oh, that's already been said!

kia (good enough mama) said...

I think the tri-generational pandas are adorable! :)

Rochelle said...

Keilani got a Webkinz panda bear recently and I thought about you. :)