I have always adored Winnie the Pooh. When I was small my dad would read me what I called "Pooh stories". I would follow him around the house and say "Pooh stories please!". You can only imagine what people thought when they first met me!
Anyway, the simplicity and sincerity of things like:
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
"If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you."
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
"A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise."
"Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo."
"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."
"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
When I was at college my father would always sign his letters with one of the first three quotes. I wonder sometimes if he knew he would leave me far too soon? These quotes will always be my treasures. My memories of us.
And now I've found the Story People. LOVE!
“I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.” — No Words
“I was waiting for such a long time, she said. I thought you forgot. It’s hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you are gone.” — Hard to Forget
I try to use unconditional love in small amounts, she said, so people really appreciate it. The rest of the time I just try not to yell. -Unconditional Love
There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each other's cooking & say it was good. -Real Reason
I've had some of my best conversations with strangers, she said, because they have no idea who they're dealing with. -No Idea
Anyway, you get the point. Aren't they fabulous? They make me smile. And I want them all. They aren't very expensive. I think I will begin my collection now!
So now it's back to work. And in closing...my all time fave:
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."