That’s because at its heart, Paddington is a tale about immigration and the love that needs to be shown to those in search of a new home in a strange land. Whether it’s to be used to teach the younger generations about the love we all need to show to those seeking support in a new country or providing a reminder to adults concerning what is truly important in these difficult times, there are beautiful and heart-warming lessons to be learned from a little bear from Darkest Peru looking for a new home and family in London.
Please Look After This Bear
Who could ever look at a sweet and lovable little bear like Paddington and not care for him immediately? The simply and heartbreaking answer is when he is an illegal immigrant. Thousands upon thousands of people classified as illegal immigrants who are simply searching for a new home free of poverty, violence, and much more. However, we often obscure the love and respect that we need to show for the sake of our own money, politics, and other issues that should be far less important.
Like the beginning of author Michael Bond’s first novel, “A Bear Called Paddington,” the young Peruvian bear arrives at London’s Paddington Station with a note hanging from his neck inscribed with the simple and heartfelt plea – “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” The note was written by his Aunt Lucy, who thought that upon seeing the young bear, Londoners would show loving kindness and bring him into a new family. While the message does get The Brown Family to stop and help, it’s the open heart of Mrs. Brown that allows Paddington into their home despite Mr. Brown’s begrudging reservations.