As a child I had a teddy bear with straw in, and i also had bad hay fever.
I think the allergy was blatently brought on by the bear.
I don’t blame the bear well who would. Some.
But the fact of the act of i’m guesing my grandad bringing back a straw filled bear from a fraught Europe.
I think at least made me wheeze, cough and have a tight chest, not to mention the hint of menace i felt from the bare German bear.
Well i believe my cousin Robert had the straw filled German bear first and i like to think that i had it last.
When later in life under lights as they asked me questions about the straw filled German bear i would declare.
It was full of straw and made me sneeze and it was bald by the time i had it anyway, sans fur.
Also i added with the confidence that age provides that thinking about it now, I never understood why i ended up with the second hand bald straw filled German bear in the first or second place!
And further to that! why out of fright! i never repeated the things that bear whispered to me in German at night!
We did French at school, je nais conprend pas!