|Meet Montgomery - my favourite teddy|
[from Greek arktos bear + philos loving, dear]
A person who collects or is very fond of teddy bears.
I'm an arctophile - I always have been. As a child I even founded my own teddy bear religion. I present to you two of my most cherished arctophilic possessions. Firstly, the book Who Want an Old Teddy Bear? by Ginnie Hofmann, a gift from my father and a story he used to read to me at bedtime. And Montgomery, the rather dashing Harrod's bear, a gift from my late mother. Yes, it says 1998 on his foot, so yes, by most standards I should have been too old to be getting teddy bear presents from my Mum. A true arctophile doesn't care for 'most standards' however; we're going to keep loving our bears and not give a damn what society says!