The author A.A. Milne was an English writer (primarily a playwright) with one son named Christopher Robin Milne. He wrote the Winnie the Pooh books and the characters were based on the stuffed animals that Christopher Robin owned with the exception of Rabbit and Owl who were added by Mr. Milne. The stuffed animals are now on display in New York City.
A.A. Milne's quotes (of course, said by the characters) are some of the most touching words I've ever known. I can't read them without tearing up and turning into a blubbering idiot. Read them for yourself... https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/81466.A_A_Milne
While reading the first book, I found some scribbles on two pages. I wondered about the child that used the purple marker. Was it a little boy or a little girl? Was it in the 1960's? Were they crouched on the rug in the living room in front of the television with jeans and sneakers. Did they get scolded for marking in the book? Where is this person now? How did these books end up at the antique store? I know my mind is a mysterious thing and when it gets going, the scenarios are endless.
What did I get from these books? Wonderful memories that I had forgotten. I couldn't read what the characters were saying without hearing their voices in my head. Pooh saying, "Oh, bother!" and "Hunny!" Christopher Robin, "Tut tut! Looks like rain!" And Eeyore with his constant dreary attitude. And then I remembered the song from the Disney movie and have it on constant repeat in my brain. "Deep in the hundred acre wood, where Christopher Robin plays, you'll find the enchanted neighborhood of Chrisopher's childhood days. A donkey named Eeyore is his friend, and Kanga and little Roo. There's Rabbit, there's Piglet and there's Owl, but most of all Winnie the Pooh! Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff. He's Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh, willy, nilly, silly ole bear!
And at the end, here's where the tears come when Pooh and Christopher Robin are talking...
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little. "How old shall I be then?"
Pooh nodded. "I promise," he said.
I can't imagine a childhood without Winnie the Pooh. He will live in the hearts of children (young and old) forever.
And finally, here's Kenny Loggins to complete the Pooh praise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQhCNOV5Gnk