It felt distinctly like autumn today in my New England town. The temperatures have settled into the neighborhood of the 60s. There was a light breeze gently tugging golden leaves off their branches, sending them skipping and swirling.
On these days, the word “blustery” comes to mind. It’s a blustery day, I’ll think. The word always invites Winnie-the-Pooh into my mental landscape, as much for A. A. Milne’s lovely books as for the Disney videos my son enjoyed when he was very small. We both enjoyed them, actually, as well as reading Milne’s books together.
When I was a little girl, I loved to imagine my dolls and stuffed animals enjoying adventures all their own, independent of me. Milne’s story has always appealed to me on that level. Beyond the story, I love the quirky characters. Each furry friend harbors his own endearing peccadilloes. None is perfect, but they work quite well together as a group. It rather calls to mind the human experience, doesn’t it?
As I was thinking about Pooh and blustery days and Milne today, I came across a Facebook post wishing the honey-loving bear a happy 90th birthday. I hadn’t know! In honor of his special day, here are three of my favorite beautiful, heartbreaking, warming moments courtesy of Pooh:
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
“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.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
It was also my great pleasure to discover this video of Milne reading from Winnie-the-Pooh. His gentle, lilting voice is just about as soothing as reading his words on my own.
Happy birthday, Pooh and friends!