Return to Pooh Corner

Return to Pooh Corner

And back to Keya’s World

First of all, I have to apologize – where have I been so long? Sometimes life happens while we are making plans. While I consider this blog to be “my work” I still have a full-time job that drives and challenges me. But most important – there is my family especially my two boys that need me.

Christopher Robin

So we went through a difficult patch last few months. Our 8-year-old was diagnosed with ADH. But more important is his sensitivity which made the therapy extremely nerve-racking for everyone. And even more challenging to this situation – our youngest son is a late talker. Thanks to my gut instinct and stubbornness we found out why he does not talk. Most late talkers “start talking eventually – so don’t worry”. Please do listen to your gut feeling concerning your children and get a second or third opinion when you do not feel taken seriously by doctors, therapist or teachers.

Our youngest son has Rolando’s epilepsy – therefore he was not able to speak clearly. He has not epileptical seizures so we might never have known if I did not insist on “unnecessary tests”. This kind of epilepsy is most likely to disappear when he grows older and can be easily treated in the meantime – so we are fine now. At the moment we are celebrating every single word he learns. I started playing Ukulele because he loves to sing – and ended up in buying two more for my sons.

Dawanda will be closed on 30.08.2018

After everything was going it’s way again I wanted to pick up the thread concerning my blog parade #borrowedmemories. Yes, I know that I owe you some missing posts – an I will post them soon, promised! But I got the message that Dawanda (the “German Etsy”) will be closed. So I had to decide what to do with my shop – I never was really satisfied with the service level of Dawanda so I had an Etsy shop all the time. I decided just a few days ago that I will open my own shop again – as I have been asked whether I sell my urban sketching. If you look in the head menu you will see the link to my new shop. You will find more and more prints of my travel sketches, printed shirts, and other beautiful things.

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

So back to the topic – I have never written any reviews on anything here but we went to German preview of a film very special to me. Therefore it might be a good time to start with occasional reviews. We have been watching Disney’s Christoper Robin. I remember the first thing my husband may have learned in our relationship is the fact that Winnie Pooh was not invented by Disney followed by the fact that Christopher Robin was an actual person. Winnie Pooh was the first book I ever read and I know still quite a lot of it by heart.

But what is so special about that silly old bear for me? Maybe it is because my very own childhood was quite like Christopher Robin’s childhood described in the book. I remember myself carrying my bear Teddy everywhere I went. His best friend was a monkey “Affi” and the three of us climbed trees, fought monsters, camped in our own garden house with my grandfather. But childhood ends someday. As Christopher Robin’s childhood does at the end of the book with my favorite quote from the whole book:

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” – A. A. Milne

The actual person behind the books

It is quite interesting that I always felt related to the grown-up Christopher Robin because we both experienced losing the enchanted places and friends of our childhood while the real-life Christopher Robin Milne suffered his whole life because everyone used to see the child of the book in him. The story behind the book is rather sad – his mother would have loved to have a daughter and his own father was not able to share the love for his son in another way than writing books about the adventures. But taking the actual name of his son was maybe the same thing as posting compromising pictures of your children on Facebook today.

As Christopher Robin grew up people tend to see a “child’s book character” in him. Therefore he could never realize his dream of being an author himself. Whenever I look the films or read the book I think of him as a person of my own age. I was so excited when I heard that Disney will realize this film with an adult Christopher Robin.

Christopher Robin

First of all, I really appreciate the fact that Disney chose to call the family “Robin”. Although there are some parallels to the life of Christoper Robin Milne it becomes clear that the story is fiction. Especially if you know about the sad background and the fact that C.R.Milne never appreciated the commercialization of the books.

The story is simple. The film starts at the end of the of the classic Disney movie of 1977. During the opening credit, we see Christopher Robin grow up, falling in love, go to war leaving his pregnant wife behind. After WWII he is efficiency manager working hard during the depression following the war. His family wants to visit the country house in Sussex but feeling responsible for the employes Christopher stays in London. There he meets Pooh by an incident and the rescue each other and everyone along their way.

Are you prepared to take a closer look at the mirror?

While the story is predictable and very easy (at least it is meant to be a family film) the pictures are profound. And parents should be prepared to see themselves in a mirror. When did you laugh with all of your heart? How often do you not have the time for your children because your job is more important? My son asked me, what I like the most about Pooh. I said “His wisdom” – “But Mum, he is a silly old bear” – I told my son that there is wisdom in easy words he will understand when he will be grown up.

While I usually cry at the end of Disney films this time I was startled by my realization that I need to take more time for me and for my family. The most amazing thing about the film that it starts with the ending and ends at the beginning. It is never too late to return to Pooh Corner.

“It’s hard to explain how a few precious things
Seem to follow throughout all our lives
After all’s said and done I was watching my son
Sleeping there, with my bear by his side
So I tucked him in, I kissed him and as I was going
I swear that old bear whispered, “boy, welcome home”
Believe me if you can, I’ve finally come
Back to the house at Pooh corner by one
What do you know, there’s so much to be done
Count all the bees in the hive
Chase all the clouds from the sky (chase the clouds from above)
Back to the days of Christopher Robin (back to days)
Back to the ways of Christopher Robin (back to the ways)
Back to the days of Pooh” – Kenneth Clark Loggins

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