by Darlene (Corporate Sales)
Bear, or Bear Bear is my loyal furry companion. I can’t quite figure out if I rescued him or if he’s rescued me. Like the incarcerated, he was locked up in the comfort of his routine and like clockwork his world was safe yet he was always afraid. Oh, but that would change in a hurry—you see he was going to “The Mexico’s” (as my granddaughter Molly says) with Joe (my husband) and I for a great adventure. Silly us for thinking this trip was to get out of the winter cold of Colorado. No, this trip was ordained to get the cold out of my heart and the afraid out of Bear Bear.
The beauty of working for Saddleback Leather (who loves their people more than their products by the way) brings great freedom and allows for great adventures.
This adventure came at a great cost though, not only was Bear afraid, so were the majority of our friends and family for us…because “Mexico is so dangerous!” I do have to admit besides Bear being afraid, I was a bit scared myself. I think Joe was too but he was manning up so we didn’t really know until after the fact.
Contrary to the danger that we thought laid ahead, what we found immediately was a warm welcome from a variety of our new neighbors in Mexico including all the folks at our factory in Leon Mexico. What I saw starting to bloom was Bear’s confidence. He became a bit of a mascot in “The Mexico’s” since most folks there had never seen a “lassie” dog. We were stopped everywhere so Bear Bear got a lot of unwanted attention but somehow the more this happened the less afraid he was! I do have to say though he was a bit of a distraction at the factory—you know people not trying to sew their fingers on a Saddleback Bag and trying to pet a dog.
But for me….a little different story….those hidden places in my heart that had turned to stone were now turning back into flesh. I had forgotten what it felt like to love without measure. Like the Grinch, my heart was breaking out of a small box. Complete strangers felt like family to me in three short months. As I lived, laughed, and loved in “The Mexico’s” it made me feel so human again. This deep longing still embraces me to be there right now as I write. I am grateful for this adventure that awakened my heart, helped my dog, oh and helped me to laugh again with my amazing husband. “The Mexico’s” did us well, me and Bear that is and we will be forever grateful.