(Photos – and anything that resembles actual bear behavior – come from Wayne at Welcome to Tofino Photography.
Mama Bear had decided that after three years it was time for her two sons, Ben and Eddie, to move out on their own.
Ben: Mama, why are you kicking us out?
Mama: It’s time for both to find girls and settle down. I want grand-cubs before I’m too old to play with them.
(Ben walks away)
Eddie: What’s going on?
Ben: Mama want us to go and have cubs.
(Eddie blushes under his fur.)
Eddie: How are we going to do that?
Ben: With girls, stupid
Eddie: I know that. But how do I find a girl?
Ben: What do you mean? I’ve seen the way you look at Mary Sue. Just talk to her.
Eddie: I can’t do that.
Ben: Why not?
Eddie: I wouldn’t know what to say.
Ben: You could try “Hello”.
(Just then Mary Sue walked by with her mother. She looked at Eddie and smiled.)
Ben: See? She likes you.
Eddie: Isn’t she beautiful? That velvety nose, thick fur, white teeth.
Ben: Just go talk to her.
(Eddie finally gets up the nerve to run after her when he sees Joe, Casanova of beardom, start talking to her.)
Eddie: I can’t. Joe’s talking to her and all the girls love Joe.
(All of a sudden, they hear a loud “whap”.)
Ben (snickering): Well, Mary Sue sure doesn’t love him. Quit being stupid; You won’t know anything unless you talk to her.
(They’re walking along the riverbank and decide they might as well have lunch. After enjoying a nice fresh salmon, they continue on their way. They see two cubs fighting over a dead salmon.)
Ben: I know! You could give her a present.
Eddie: I’m not going to give her a dead fish.
Eddie: I don’t know. What if she doesn’t like it?
Ben: It’s food Eddie. She’s a bear. Bears love food.
Eddie: That’s true. Let me think about it.
(Ben shakes his head. Eddie thinks about how much he likes Mary Sue.)
Eddie: OK. I’ll do it.
(Eddie walks over close to Mary Sue. The water is falling over the rocks and it looks like a good place for fish. He gets into the water, slipping a little on the mossy rock. He easily catches a big fish and takes it out of the water, walking to Mary Sue. He drops it at her feet.)
Mary Sue: Eddie, is that for me?
Eddie (embarrassed): I hope you like fish.
Mary Sue: I love it!
(She gobbles it down and smiles at him.)
Mary Sue: That was very sweet of you Eddie.
Eddie: Thank you.
(He hesitates a little.)
Eddie: Would you like to go to the picnic with me tomorrow?
Mary Sue: I’d love too.
(The next morning, Eddie meets Mary Sue on the beach. They walk together to the clearing in the woods where some other bears have already gathered. They snack on berries and talk. Eddie seems very nervous. Finally, he speaks.)
Eddie: Mary Sue, I’d like to ask you a question.
Mary Sue: You look so serious Eddie. What’s the question?
Eddie: Would you dance with me? (Rough human translation: Will you marry me?)
Mary Sue: Ohhh. I’d love to.
(They get up and do their mating dance. When they are done, they walk off into the woods. Eddie is taking her to the den he has spent all night preparing in case she said yes. Back at the picnic Mama Bear is thrilled. She goes looking for Ben who has slipped away into the woods.)
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