When Jerrod's mother told me about poor poor Buckingham's accident, I knew right away what had happened. The head of the old cotter pin had pulled through the hole in the wooden joint in Buckingham's head. The first part of Buckingham's Bear Repair Procedure was to open up the bottom of his head and replace the old cotter pin and washer with a new one. When the necessary repairs were made and the new joint was firmly in place, I closed the opening to his head.
Once his head was repaired Buckingham was curious.
He opened his eyes to inspect the little washer that I had removed. I asked him if he
wanted to take it home with him. "This little part might scare Jerrod,"
Buckingham thought.I told him about the shiny little washer I had used for the Bear Repair
Procedure. "It's strong and will last forever," I explained. "And the
cotter pin that I used is bigger and stronger too. You and Jerrod will be able to wrestle
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