Caregiving can certainly wear anyone down. Valentine’s Day hoopla may seem more like a Care Bear’s nightmare?
27 years ago Care Bears first appeared on American Greetings greeting cards before exploding into a world wide 80’s phenomena.
Could anything else have caused ‘care’ to be translated into so many languages? "Les Bisounours” (France), "Die Glücksbärchis” (Germany), "Troetelbeertjes" (Netherlands), "Gondos Bocsok" (Hungary), "Los Ositos Cariñositos," (Latin America), "Cariñositos" (Argentina), "Ursinhos Carinhosos” (Brazil), "Krambjörnar" (Sweden), "Kælebjørnene” (Denmark), "Bergibjørner" (Norway), "Halinallet" (Finland), "Troskliwe misie" (Poland), "Грижовните Мечета" (Bulgaria), "Τα αρκουδάκια της αγάπης" (Greece), and "(gli) Orsetti del Cuore" (Italy)
As any survivor of the 80’s remembers the Care Bear Stare would send magical light beams of care out of their tummy symbols restoring the balance of caring in the world.
I wonder how much rubbed off from animated bears to people caring for people. That generation of parents is most likely facing caregiving concerns and that generation of children is now watching their parents in ‘real life’ confront care as a reality.
Andy Warhol once asked, “Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?”
Caring Valentine’s Day wishes to all,
Deseos del día de Valentine que cuida a todos,
Wünsche interessierenden Valentines Tageszu allen,
Souhaits du jour de Valentine s'inquiétant à tous,
J. Patrick Leer