Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Thoughts From The 100 Acre Wood

As I mentioned, I've been wandering about the classic world of Winnie The Pooh and his friends this summer as I'm directing a stage version of the Pooh stories for the 19th annual Rose Center Summer Players program - which runs for three performances only July 30, 31 and Aug 1. And you are invited to attend our show!!

(yes, there is real life outside the binary coded creations the Internet offers ... who knew?)

And of course it has been a very long time for my old self since I first found and read the stories of A.A. Milne. And then, as now, I keep encountering some of the very thoughtful and downright Zen attitudes of all those creatures in the 100 Acre Wood.

Here are a few quotes from the Pooh stories worth remembering:

-- some conversations between Pooh and Piglet:

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast? said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

"It's the same thing," he said.


"Lots of people talk to animals," said Pooh.
"Not that many listen though."
"That's the problem."

"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.”

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

"Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.”

--And some thoughts from Eeyore (don't discount him as a a pessimist):

"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
"So it is."

"And freezing."

"Is it?"

"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."


"I'm not saying there won't be an Accident now, mind you. They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them."

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