Michael Bond, the author responsible for creating the quintessentially British Paddington Bear, passed away in his London home on Wednesday, according to a statement by his publisher Harper Collins. Starting with the publication of A Bear Called Paddington in 1958, Bond wrote more than 25 books starring the character over a nearly 60 year career. His books were beloved by millions of children all across the world, many of whom saw fit to get a tattoo of Paddington once they had grown up.
I remember discovering Paddington when I was in kindergarten. From the minute I picked up the first book I knew that I was reading about a kindred spirit. Much like Paddington, I was accident prone, wore glasses, and probably enjoyed strawberry jelly a little too much (which I assume is the American substitute for marmalade). But the similarity I shared more than any other was a feeling of being lost in a world that I was extremely curious about. No matter my intentions things always seemed to go awry, but it was from Paddington that I learned the pluck necessary to carry on and make the best of everything.
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