Updated April 3, 2018, 4:02 p.m. ET: Oh happy day! A still-sobbing (she’s basically been sobbing for three days straight) Busy Philipps has revealed that one of the bears in question, the elderly and much-loved Radar, has been found in Hawaii. She shared the screenshot on Instagram along with a joyful video.
“I can’t thank you guys enough for supporting me through the emotional bear journey…” she said in the video. “I truly feel wired… I have a new, renewed sense of hope in my life. Everything’s gonna work out. For everyone.”
Here’s hoping the same goes for bear No. 2, the as-yet-still-missing Flat Bear.
Original story, published April 3, 2018, 3:39 p.m. ET: Dawson’s Creek and Cougar Town alum Busy Philipps and husband Marc Silverstein took their daughters (Birdie, 9, and Cricket, 4) to Hawaii for Easter. Pretty fantastic getaway, right? But the vacation ended in a “parental fail” that all of us can totally — and painfully — relate to. A tearful Philipps posted a series of Instagram stories on April 1 about the tragedy: “Guys, I ended our wonderful family vacation with a total parental fail. Birdie’s favorite bear, Radar, and her other bear Flat Bear were left.”
Nooooo! Not Radar and Flat Bear! Seriously, we nearly bawled just thinking of two stuffed bears left behind in a Hawaii hotel room (although it has the makings of a terrific children’s book), so it’s no wonder Busy is a total wreck.
When she realized Radar and Flat Bear were missing, Philipps rushed to phone the hotel’s housekeeping department. “I called and housekeeping haven’t found them, so I think they were really tangled up in the sheets and they just went to the place where they wash the sheets and so hopefully tomorrow they’ll find them,” Philipps revealed according to Us Weekly.
Possibly the worst part? Poor Radar is an elderly teddy bear that belonged to Baby Busy herself once upon a time. And daughter Birdie cherished Radar because of his connection to her mom. We’re not crying; you’re crying.
ET Canada reported that Philipps said in her Instagram story, “She [Birdie] was just so heartbroken, and I was, like, I knew it as soon as I opened up the suitcase to get Cricket’s stuff for bed. I was like, I didn’t see Radar and Flat Bear. I was like, fuck, fuck, fuck.”
Yes, we know and Philipps knows that these are just stuffed bears, and in the grand scheme of things, there are far worse tragedies in the world. After all, mistakes happen. But Philipps can’t shake the mom guilt. “I know it’s just a mistake and these things happen but fuck… it’s the worst when you’re a parent and it’s your responsibility to keep everything straight,” she said.
Fans were quick to offer virtual hugs and hopes that the bears would soon be recovered. At least there was no mom-shaming — lost teddy bears seem to bring out the best in humanity rather than the worst.
Yesterday Philipps — who costars in Amy Schumer’s new film, I Feel Pretty — posted a Hawaii montage to Instagram along with a caption updating fans on the bear situation. “All the shaved ice we could handle. And also some fro yo with sprinkles. Wish we could go back (also I would remember the bears this time) Still no word on Radar and Flat Bear, I’m very sad to say. Hopefully tomorrow?”
Philipps also updated her Twitter followers.
Philipps is trying to move forward, but she’s struggling. “We’re all healthy, made it back in one piece,” Philipps said. “They’re just stuffed animals. She’ll recover. She’s resilient. I don’t know if I will.”
We don’t know if we will either.