October 14, 2009

Oh, Pooh.

Today is the 83rd birthday of one of the most beloved and well-known characters of all time. Winnie-the-Pooh made his storybook debut on this day in 1926. I don't think A.A. Milne, nor his son Christopher, could have imagined that his toy bear all stuffed with fluff would become world famous.
Wikipedia says there are streets in Warsaw and Budapest. Oxfordshire hosts a World Championship Poohsticks competition. Google has more than 8 million hits to "Winnie the Pooh."
Pooh has also inspired philosophers. Among the books written about Winnie the Pooh are Postmodern Pooh, The Pooh Perplex, Pooh and the Philosophers, The Tao of Pooh.

He may be stupid, slow, and easily distracted by "hunny," but throughout his 83 years he's been loyal, kind and honorable. That is a lesson more kids (and adults) could use.

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