I know this may come as a shock, but I have decided it’s time for me to finally reveal something I’ve never before divulged in public.
It’s something I’ve carried with me ever since I was in high school.
I love him, and I don’t care who knows. I’m not ashamed.
I’m talking about Winnie the Pooh. You know, the “Bear of Very Little Brain”?
Why, what did you think I was going to say? Who did you think I was talking about?
Time to come clean
I decided it was time to come clean after watching “Christopher Robin” with one of my three favorite daughters, Allison Savannah, also a Pooh devotee. It’s a really nice movie, alternately sweet, touching, nostalgic, sad, funny, thought provoking and uplifting. In other words, it’s pretty much all you can hope for in a movie these days, unless your idea of a great movie requires lots of car chase scenes and bad guys getting blown away.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that ….
I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but I got introduced to the warmth, wit and wisdom of AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh when I was in high school. Somehow I’d never really been aware of or interested in him before that. I remember reading Winnie-The-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner and loving the sweet, dry, understated humor.
The line that absolutely cracked me up and hooked me forever was when Rabbit, the Forest curmudgeon, says: “But Pooh – you haven’t any brain.”
“I know,” said Pooh humbly.
Either you agree that’s marvelously funny or you might as well stop reading now. And you are probably a communist. A humor-impaired communist. (Is that redundant?)
If you’re still with me, herewith are my Top 20 favorite lines from Winnie the Pooh and his friends (the characters – these are not from the movie “Christopher Robin”). I was going to hold the list to ten favorites, but I gave up. Besides, if ten are good, twenty are twice as nice.
Words to live by
Enjoy these words to live by from Pooh and company:
- “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
- “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
- “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
- Pooh: “What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
- “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more … to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
- “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin
- “If there ever comes a day we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
- “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”
- “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?’”
- “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
- “Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”
- “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore
- “Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”
- “We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet. “Even longer,” Pooh answered.”
- “The things that make me different are the things that make me.” – Piglet
- “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
- “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
- “It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.” – Eeyore
- For everyone who has raised an … energetic … boy:
The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is – I’m the only one,
I’m the only one – Tigger
And that most quintessential piece of Pooh-esque philosophy:
- “Oh, Bother.”
This is the day
There. I feel sure we can all agree our lives are richer for having spent this time contemplating the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
And because you are my friends, I wanted to share it with you so hopefully you can learn to love him, too.
Wait – that reminds me of something else I’ve known for years, something I can share with you about Someone Else I know and love, whose life and wisdom have changed my life and would also be of great benefit to you ….
It will come to me in a minute. I’m sure of it.
Meanwhile, enjoy today. I hope it’s your favorite day.