Happy Birthday, Winnie the Pooh

One of my earliest memories from childhood was the creature which lay beside me.  It was a brown bear, a teddy bear.

At the time I did not know that it actually looked like the original Winnie the Pooh from the books.  Of course, the visual images of Disney’s version colors perception which sadly is the image most children have of Winnie the Pooh.

Clockwise from bottom left Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear aka Winnie-the-Pooh) Eeyore, and Piglet.

On October 14th 1926 the first book on Winnie the Pooh was published.  English writer Alan Alexander Milne based his account on his son Christopher Robin and his stuffed toys, especially a brown teddy bear named Edward.

The Hundred Acre Wood was actually Ashdown Forest in Sussex.  If you ever visit London, take a trek south to Essex and visit this beautiful piece of nature with a rich history. The drive is worth it as you soak in the English countryside.

Ashdown Forest

In addition, walk the trails where Alan Milne walked with his only son, Christopher Robin.  For it is in that landscape, ancient with its songs of old, inspiration touches ambiance with a rich fragrance of life, pristine life.

One of the best gifts that you can give your children or grandchildren is to take down from the bookshelf the tales of Winnie the Pooh and read to them.  Let them get to know Winnie, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and the rest.

Too many times a child is placed in front of the television as the parents rush about doing what they perceive to be the important aspects of living.  Unfortunately, the most essential aspect of those parents’ lives is sitting in front of a box with images flashing across the screen.

What your child will remember about you when you have faded from this reality is the time that you spent with them.  Reading to your child is an excellent way to help them as well as yourself.  Playing with them in creative activities will be a plus as well.

Childhood seems to last only a few moments when a parent looks back on it.  For the child it is the foundation of their life to come.  Make it a good foundation for them.

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers”.  Charles W. Eliot, Harvard University President 1869-1909

G. D. Williams       © 2011

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