Winnie the Pooh. We all know him and his friends. Many of us grew up with Pooh books and TV shows. There was even a very recent movie (Christopher Robin) based on Winnie the Pooh. So, what is the appeal of this long-lasting character?
Pooh, simply, represents what we all strive to be: kind, friendly, thoughtful, caring, and always willing to help friends. He may not be perfect (who is?) but he tries. He’s caring. He’s grateful. He’s a friend to all. That is one of the most endearing parts of this wonderful show.
Whether we realized it or not, every single character in the world of Pooh represents a trait or personality type. You can delve even deeper into the topic and find articles about Pooh’s eating disorder or slight ADHD. I won’t delve into that and other even darker topics … rather, let’s let Winnie the Pooh be that “always-there” happy friend for us. That comforting stuffed animal in the chair on the corner. That sweet-voiced kind one who doesn’t judge us.
While Piglet is full of anxiety, Rabbit is a bit OCD, Eyeore is depressed, and Tigger is impulsive with over the top energy and self-confidence, it is Pooh who is everyone’s friend. Actually they are all friends, right?
What better way to show children how to accept others than seeing a group of friends always there for each other despite opposite personalities? Despite major character differences? Despite looking different? Despite not being “perfect”?
Each character in the Pooh universe brings to the group a quality that you’d find in many of us. Yet they accept each other. They care. They seek out each other. They support each other. They deal with the quirks and nuances and silliness and craziness. They get irked and they get over it. Shouldn’t we all be a little (or a lot) more like that?
One of the best things about Pooh is his inspiring quotes. Even adults use them as screensavers, have wall pictures in baby’s bedrooms or bookmarks with these wonderful sweet Pooh quotes that are about life.
Three of my favorites you may know:
- “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
- “Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day.”
- “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
If you haven’t read a Pooh bear book to your children, The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh is readily available online. Or check your local library. There are many Pooh Bear episodes on DVD’s and probably streaming too. Don’t let a childhood go by without a little Pooh Bear love.