Today we read again a chapter in "The house at Pooh Corner", and a chapter of Hank the Cowdog.(our current read aloud books) In reading the Pooh book, I have discovered some very realistic, and surprisingly modern- day characters. Bear with me a minute or two (yes, pun intended).
Okay, so we have Rabbit. He is so obviously OCD it isn't even funny. He has serious control issues and is just sadly, not as smart as he would like to think. I think that poor rabbit could use some Prozac and a weekly meeting with a kind therapist.
Then there is Owl. He is quite narcissitic (okay I know my selling is off!!) I think he tries to cover up his inadequacies with big words and lots of talk. He needs to see Dr Phil and just get REAL! Go on Oprah OWL!
Next, we have poor little Piglet. That little guy has such bad anxiety issues we need to start him on a pretty high dose of anti anxiety meds JUST to get him functional. I think that might help his stuttering too!
Eeyore is obviously very depressed! He needs a good round of anti- depressants and again, a good therapist. A few friends and a night out here and there wouldn't hurt the poor guy either!AND maybe a MRS EEYORE?? Just a thought.
Of course there is Pooh Bear himself. That fluffy little bear has a bit of an eating disorder. He has serious food issues. I mean, he plans his whole DAY around food. All the while calling a whole pot of "hunny" a "little something." Portion Control and Weight watchers could help. But he needs to be honest about his amounts! Oddly, they call him the bear of very little brain. BUT he is a creative(if not so talented) songwriter and poet. He figures out almost all of the solutions to their problems. AND he is good at making and keeping friends. Not a bad bear if you ask me.
Kanga is the sweet bio and adoptive mom who took Tigger in under her wing(er pouch as it were) and cared for him so well. Calling him Tigger Dear and all.
Speaking of Tigger! THAT is an obvious case of ADHD if I ever saw one! He needs Ritalin --not that stuff Kanga gives him!!(energy stuff??!! She is sweet but I think she may be a little ditsy) Roo. Roo may be the only normal one in the hundred acre woods. He is the bouncy but happy little fella. He loves his big brother(Tigger) and obeys his mom. Very sweet kid.
Ahh, it makes on feel very sorry for Christopher Robin. He has to the what 5 year old ringleader of that strange crew??? Kind of a lot to put on a kid!
So, that is my take on the characters of Pooh corner. I wonder what Milne was trying to tell us?? Maybe he made these quirky characters to remind us of aunts, uncles moms, dads, sisters and brothers(and let's not forget friends) That is why they have seemed so real. So memorable. AND so timeless. They are like family. Ya gotta love that!