I wish to sit in the Hundred Acre Wood. And sit with Winnie The Pooh. I would sit upon a log. And walk through the fields. And listen to his rumbly tumbly. I would talk with him about the sadness in everyone’s hearts. When I was done talking, I would know he had listened well when he had taken the fluff from his ears. And before he spoke a word, I would take great comfort from his little paw patting my hand with nothing but pure solace. And I would feel it. Trusting it’s genuine care. And I would listen to his little bear voice with wisdom. Because he is certainly a wise little bear.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.
And I would smile. Knowing he was so right. That in this world we are truly blessed to have had someone so beautiful of heart, that everyone feels he was special to them. And that we were special to him.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”.
How sad it is to think we can’t be together with someone we love. Someone we’re used to having around. Someone we never thought would be gone. But what joy there is, in knowing he can never be taken away, once we tuck him in to our hearts. The safest place of all to keep someone.
When shared with Pooh the heart ache of so many people I know – he would again pat my hand. He knows what it’s like to lose someone and not be able to be with them. And he believes in his friends. And he believes in comfort.
“When everything’s blustery and you’re feeling flustery,
Remember you have friends who care.”
But even Pooh Bear would know there are moments that just seem to difficult to bear. And he might even like that little pun. So he shares.
“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing,
Of just going along,
Listening to all the things you can’t hear,
And not bothering.”
Sadly I can’t stay in the Hundred Acre Wood forever. Wouldn’t it be lovely if I, or we, could? It feels so safe. And it’s full of loveliness that seems to last forever. When I will tell Pooh Bear I have to go, he’ll be gracious and lovely as he always is. He’ll remind me of places I can find comfort, like dreams.
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long,
If we’re in each other’s dreams,
We can be together all the time.”
As I get up to leave Pooh Bear will stop me and I’ll put my hands on my knees as I bend closer and make sure to pay attention. With sincerity and love he’ll tell me what all friends want one another to know.
“If ever there is tomorrow and we’re not together….there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe,
Stronger than you seem,
And smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart….
I’ll always be with you.”
Pooh Bear let me know his friends helped him learn all of these things. So he hopes to share these smart thoughts with others. They help him every day.
And he hopes they help me.
Thank you Winnie the Pooh, for letting anyone who needs it, come to the Hundred Acre Wood. To feel safe. And comforted. And loved. It’s a very good place to go.