Influential Bears

winnie the pooh
The best bear of all

I went to see Paddington 2, without having seen Paddington 1. I managed to follow the story even though I had missed the first installment. I took my eight year old nephew with me.

These are the moments of adulthood to be treasured – when you can revert right back to childhood without judgement. We ate ice cream and popcorn and he told me not to be scared when Paddington almost dies. I was scared though.

These bears, they are made of sterner stuff than you or I. Paddington can make marmelade for God’s sake; I can’t do that. Watching him caper around London in his red hat reminded me of my other favourite bear with a penchant for red clothing, Winnie-the-Pooh, the wisest bear of all – provider of simple but profound advice on all things.

1. On deafness

‘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.’

2. On love

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh!’ he whispered

‘Yes Piglet?’

‘Nothing’ said Piglet taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’

3. On caring

‘I don’t feel much like Pooh today,’ said Pooh

‘There, there’ said Piglet. ‘I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.’

4. On mindfulness

‘Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear and not bothering.’

5. On worry

‘Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?’ asked Piglet

‘Supposing it didn’t’ said Pooh

After careful thought, Piglet was comforted by this.

6. On friendship

Anyone can show up when you’re happy. But the ones who stay by your side when your heart falls apart, they are your true friends’

7. On swearing

‘Oh bother’

8. On sleep

‘Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two’

9. On beauty

‘Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.’

10. On clouds

‘How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.’

A.A. Milne

What more do you need to know?!

giant pooh bear

Winnie-the-Pooh chez moi


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