24 March 2009

Tuesdays with Pooh


Picture the scene: two ladies, one walking a small child who looked as if she'd rather be in the pram - the other lady is pushing Pooh. Clever Pooh. I laughed and asked if I could take a photograph. They laughed too and said 'yes.'

“You can't help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn't spell it right; but spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count.”

Winnie the Pooh - A.A.Milne


Today's post is for my best buddy, Candy, who teaches at Otterbein, a small liberal arts college in Ohio. Candy teaches a course called The Dilemma of Existence.

She writes: "The course goes from Greek Tragedy (Antigone), Dante's Inferno, Hamlet, Candide, The Maltese Falcon, The Skin of Our Teeth, and all the way to Winnie-The-Pooh. Which is, of course, the book the students all like best. Though when they first see the syllabus, they're like: we're reading a kid's book? Then they find out that Pooh is not only a Very Good book for College Students of Very Little Brain to read, it reminds them of what's really important--like friendship, and enjoying the little things in life. He's not such a silly ol' Bear after all! He's a very wise bear, indeed. And it's fun! After a dreary slog through the miz'ries of existence, I reckon we need a palate cleanser! Pooh Sorbet.... "

“I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.”

15 comments:

  1. Cute image and lovely post.

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  2. A.A. Milne was a genius. Not so sure about the Disney corporation...

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  3. I loved Winnie-the-Pooh stories as a child...actually, I still do. My favorite character is Eyeore.

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  4. Otterbein. LOL Have been there though not to speak. I laughed too when I saw the photo.

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  5. We love Pooh in our family, too. I'm wondering how the big Pooh acquired his little Pooh-lets. I just never thought of Pooh as a family man. Great post.

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  6. I didn't know Pooh until I had my son, and then he became a favourite. I love to read Pooh now in quiet moments to remind me of....things.

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  7. A wise Bear ! Look, he managed to sit in the stroller in place of the small child.

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  8. well said winnie pooh.

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  9. Pooh sorbet! Yuck! Lol!

    Great post today, love the photo :)

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  10. LOL on the Pooh in stroller!
    I want to take your friend's course; and thx the reminder of what the silly ol' bear stands for.
    I spent many an hour watching Pooh videos (they were actually well done) and listening to Pooh songs - I kind of miss it now.

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  11. My Tumbling Tigger( Yes I have one) Would approve. Pooh on the Riviera. Magical.

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  12. Children are very clever and they know good literature when they hear it. Great shot for Pooh!!

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  13. I still have my copy of the "World of Pooh," a book containing both "Winnie the Pooh" and "World of Pooh" from my childhood. The printing date on my copy is 1957. My mother read to me from this book and I read from it to my younger sisters and brother.

    I regularly take this copy off the bookshelf and read a chapter -- or the whole thing in one sitting.

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