Winnie-the-Pooh, the loveable, orange, honey-eating bear has been a children’s favourite from the time he first appeared on bookshelves in 1926.
The author, A.A. Milne had fought in the first World War in the terrible battle of Somme in France and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder for a long time after. He created the universe of characters in the Pooh Bear books in an endeavour to help his young son, Christopher Robin, understand complex and difficult emotions, including those that war veterans like himself were grapplling with in the aftermath of war.
Though originally created as characters for children, Winnie-the-Pooh and his animal friends offer profound insights into the human condition to readers of all ages. Consider, for example, this conversation, between Pooh and his friend, Piglet…
“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.
There was a pause.
“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.
“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”
“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.
“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.
“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.”
“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”
And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.”
— A soothing and thoughtful conversation that children will love, but also sage advice on how to help those going through a difficult time. Sometimes just being there for others on their Difficult Days is the best thing we can do for them.
Have a great week!