Happy Winnie the Pooh Day! That silly old bear has been a big part of my life, from my childhood listening to the stories about Christopher Robin, his friend Winnie the Pooh and all of the other characters in the Hundred Acre Wood. When I became a mother, I enjoyed sharing these stories, and the Disney movies that went along with them with my children.
What I love the most about Winnie the Pooh is the true stories of friendship that stem from his many adventures.
Here are my top lessons of friendship that I learned from Winnie the Pooh:
1. Friends accept you, even with your faults. Pooh is a bear of very little brain, and as such, is a terrible speller. And yet, not even that smart aleck Rabbit feels the need to point out his orthographical shortcomings. And so, my friends accept the fact that I type faster than I think (or is the other way around?), and put up with all of my weird food rules (such as two different types of chocolate should never be mixed, and chicken should never be served in a tomato sauce).
2. Friends know when you are down, and try to lift your spirits. Poor Eeyore. He seems to always be down. And yet, his friends never do give up on him or stop trying to cheer him. Even when a friend does not know the exact right thing to say, they fact that she tries at all makes her a friend worth keeping!
3. Friends will help you out of a jam, even if the trouble you got yourself into was your very own fault. No one *made* Winnie the Pooh eat too much honey . . . . But everyone pitched in to get him out of a jam!
4. Sometimes friends smother you, but they mean well. Kanga can’t help that she is an overprotective mother, and if your son got into as many near misses as little Roo does, you would be overprotective too. But sometimes your friend’s mothering starts to affect you. Relax, she means well. . .
5. A good friend will help you have fun. Tigger is an exuberant friend, but he makes sure EVERYONE has fun. I only need one “TIgger” friend, but I’m glad to have her!
6. Most importantly, a friend helps you on your darkest days. I’ve witnessed friends helping each other in the most unpleasant circumstances. Friends are friends through thick and thin.
Chime in! Who is your favorite character from the Hundred Acre Wood? What friendship lesson have you learned from Winnie the Pooh?
all images and video are from Disney.com.