Continuing, the bear is mesmerized by the growth of this beautiful flower that has become the most precious influence in his life. He becomes attached to this flower and will protect it at any cost. You can feel a shift and foreshadowing becomes a factor as the story progresses from this point.
Summer comes and the flower becomes more brilliant and vibrant. The flower becomes taller and the bear continues to admire the maturation of the flower as he deals with his own daily problems. Like Bear, when parents go through tough times, they continue to love their children while battling inner worries.
Fall arrives with the foreshadowing coming full-tilt. The mood turns cold and dark. There is the escalation of bitter arguments and conflict between parents. Bear defends his precious flower from the "climate". The outside world can rip a child's world apart due to the vulnerability of his protectors. Flower continues to be the shining light in Bear's life, while the earth grows cold and bare into the winter months. Fortunately, Bear has enough courage and strength to protect Flower and she survives the harsh winter. Love is essential during tough times and expression of this love requires a strong heart.
The warm weather and sunshine returns, as the ground thaws from the harsh months previous. Finally, my father concludes with a fanciful story that recounts the origins of the flower and how the land, Ireland, received its name.
The reader will tie the story together to weave a heartfelt conclusion . A discussion with younger children about how important their life is to their parents will come naturally. The story concludes with a connection of Flower to my sister, Ireland.
Bears and fathers may sometimes seem tough and harsh, but this father bear is courageous and cares for his young always.