My wife, it turns out, can't resist opening presents early, even if they aren't presents sent for her! So within half an hour of receiving an intriguing parcel from my parents last week, I found a furry arm poking out of it. Ava claimed she heard bear-like cries for help from inside!
My parents had sent me "Big Ted" for my birthday. I was given him when I was a baby, and he was bigger than I was then. Twice I've tried to take him back to China and twice had to give up at the airport for lack of space and weight allowance. So it was great that he finally made it, and in one piece. Ava also brought me a puppy for "Wolfie", my toy dog. "Baby Wolfie" does indeed bear an uncanny resemblance. I have also had some less soppy presents though - two books, a fiendish puzzle, some curly-wurlies and a 3G phone which is far too complex for me to work!
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