I can’t tell you how excited I was to be interviewing Bear Grylls. I am ashamed to say I giggled a fair few times. Poor Bear. He must get this a lot. He’s just so brave and so famous almost like an eco-superhero !
Anyway in line with a campaign he is involved with for Persil samll and mighty all to do with getting kids outdoors into nature. His ten top tthings to do before your ten guide can be found here I somehow (I’m still not quite sure how) got the chance to interview him. Yay! In line with the fact that nature is the biggest free playground ever (Bear said that bit!) it is entirely appropriate I think that a blog about budgeting and kids champion and celebrate a love of the natural world.
The first thing I asked Bear was what was the most awesome thing he had ever done and he talked about Everest. How it had been a dream for so long, a dream he had shared with his father and the whole process of getting there was just so amazing.Ah! I next asked him what the scariest thing he had ever done and he told me he had been in an inflatable boat with 5 others and only one man had a paddle. They were in the arctic when some monster storms came! Can you imagine? Even Bear laughed a bit nervously recounting it!
However when I asked him about the bravest thing he had ever done he said he had to take his hat off to his wife for that as she went through child birth 3 times with no pain relief!!!! Blimey I don’t even cope with a sniffle without dosing up so I’m pretty impressed by that too. He did mutter about having his tool kit handy and some aspirin but that she didn’t want them. Toolkit??Did I mishear that? He was in the US so I am hoping so. Toolkit? Hmmm. I know Bear is rustic and will eat animal poo and things at a push but still….
We talked about kids and technology, peer pressure and the wii and Bear really advocated getting kids out there in nature. He was really positive about Scouts and the like, being a great driving force to get kids outside and active. He told me his little family live on an island a lot of the time with no mains electricity, partly because he wants his kids to use their creativity and imagintion and be outdoors whilst they play. How fab!
Bear was so positive about nature he made me want to go and pull my kids out their cosy beds and set up a camp in the garden ( of course I didn’t the apprentcie was on and it was chilly.) An inspiring man.
Next day through the post came a little gift from Bear and Persil: a sheet and 2 pegs. Oh I thought. I had been hopeful of a years supply of someone to iron for me but it wasn’t to be.
My husband was delighted. With the sheet and the pegs came some den building instructions. I went away to blogcamp and he went to town on the den building. I was super impressed. Okay it was indoors, but it was a start!
I did ask Bear one personal question anbout his name, thinking his parents to be just so insightful to have called him Bear. Not at all he told me. My real name’s Edward and everyone called me Teddy so my sister called me Bear and it just stuck. Oh I said(probably sounding a bit disappointed.) I suppose it would be better if I had some great bear wrestling story wouldn’t it? he said apologetically. Probably I agreed.