‘Paws’ for thought – the philosopical musings of Pooh – ‘tiddely pom’…

18 01 2012

Thought for the Day:

“If ever there is tomorrow when 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.”


 A.A. Milne (1882-1956)

Today would have been AA Milne’s 130th birthday.

He is best known for his creation of  Winnie the Pooh, a teddy bear, who ‘however hard he tries grows tubby without exercise’.  

Pooh made his first unofficial appearance in a book of children’s poems entitled ‘When We Were Very Young’ – published in 1924, with drawings by Punch illustrator EH Shepard.

Such was its success, 50,000 copies were sold in just eight weeks.

It wasn’t until 1925 that Pooh made his first official appearance, in a bedtime story that he had made up for his son, Christopher Robin, published in the Christmas Eve issue of the ‘Evening News’.

It concerned an adventure that Christopher Robin had with his Teddy Bear, and would later form the first chapter of the first ‘Winnie the Pooh’ book published in 1926.

It was quickly followed by the verses ‘Now We are Six’ (1926) and ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ (1928).

The Milne family home at Cotchford Farm in Sussex provided the setting for the ‘100 Aker Wood’ in which Christopher Robin, Pooh and  friends – Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo –  enjoy their charmingly understated adventures.

Such was the success of the stories, that Milne wishing to shield his son from the public eye, announced that the 1928 book would be his last in the Christopher Robin series.  

Interestingly, Milne didn’t write the Pooh stories and poems for children but instead intended them for the child within us. Apparently he never read them to his son Christopher, preferring instead to entertain him with P.G. Wodehouse.   

The world would certainly be lot poorer without the whimsically philosophical musings of Pooh. They remain as delightfully entertaining, endearingly thought-provoking, and contemporary as they ever were.

And wherever would we be without ‘Pooh sticks’?

Here are some of my favourite ‘Poohisms’:

  • ‘I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me.’
  • ‘When looking at your two paws, as soon as you have decided which of them is the right one, then you can be sure the other one is the left’.
  • ‘To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.’
  • ‘If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.’
  • ‘Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.’
  • ‘People who don’t Think probably don’t have Brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.’
  • ‘My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.’
  • ‘If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms’.
  • ‘Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.’
  • ‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.’
  • ‘I used to believe in forever . . . but forever was too good to be true.’

And this one is for my very special, best friend who I first met 38 years ago today! –  

‘It’s so much more friendly with two.’ xx

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