I have known Lyra since the day she was born, eight years ago. I remember her as a tiny baby looking cute in her babygro; I remember her sitting in her high chair, covered in chocolate, having just eaten an enormous chocolate cake; I remember going on holiday with her to Italy and her joy at the outdoor swimming pool; I remember when she took all our DVDs off the shelves and piled them up around the lounge. I remember taking her to the theatre to see “Awful Auntie’, the “Gangsta Grannie” and finally we went to see “Peter Pan” a couple of weeks ago. Lyra loves the theatre, sits mesmerised as the story unfolds. I know that she loves stationery but I never realised how talented she is as a writer; as someone who loves writing, it is a joy to read some of her work.
I was in one of our local shops a couple of days ago, and spotted a multi-pack of tea towels with a label ‘Huggable’; for me it was a bit of a bizarre name. Huggable is not a word I would have associated with a tea towel. I couldn’t resist buying them (they were a bargain). Bizarrely, on the same day, when I got home, Jai had sent, by WhatsApp, a copy of one of Lyra’s pieces of prose about her Teddy Bear. You can see my train of thought: how would you describe a Teddy Bear? Huggable? A piece of writing and a tea towel, what does that mean? Guest Tea Towel! So I asked Lyra if she would like to become a Guest Tea Towel, and therefore a published author, and she agreed. Here is her piece:
”My Teddy Bear is my best friend. His fat tummy is made for hugging when I am happy or sad. His big ears listen to my secrets. Soft paws, fluffy fur, bright eyes. I think he knows everything about me!”
One of the very clever parts of this writing is that it is written inside the Teddy Bear’s tummy; writing and graphics. What more could you want?
And, finally, where is the tea towel? You can’t have a Tea Towel Story without a tea towel. So here they are! They are great. Thank you Lyra for the fantastic story. Keep writing and I’d be happy to publish other pieces of work if I can find a tea towel to match.