Pooh and the Art of Living & Loving 4- All is Well...

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The story so far...


Pooh wakes up one rainy day in Hundred Acre Wood and realizes he has forgotten who he is.

Pooh's question 'Who am I' has taxed many. But I am sure their answers didn't arrive through honey pots and puddle-jumping, puzzling signs and flying piglets, buzzing beehives and mossy bottoms. For such is the journey Winnie the Pooh has had thus far. Every Journey, however small or long, will eventually come to an end. So here we are ,dear reader, (nearly) at the end of this journey. There may be other journeys of course.

This journey has to be read to be enjoyed, dear reader, in all it's entirety, as succinct summaries don't always do it justice.

For those who have been following this journey all along, welcome back, and thanks for your company. This journey has been enhanced by your following.

Whether you are new here or have been coming all along, for your delectation, these prior preparations of Pooh-lore are only a click away on the right.

Sometimes it is good to look back before going forward.

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'Poohsticks Bridge' at Ashdown Forest in Essex, UK.
'Poohsticks Bridge' at Ashdown Forest in Essex, UK. | Source

In Which Pooh declines Poohsticks


Pooh heard the shout “Pooh, Pooh!” and looked up. He saw the bridge across the stream and saw his friends standing behind the wooden slats and waving. Pooh felt a weight lifting from his heart. Piglet was safe. He could see him squeezed tightly between Tigger and Rabbit, waving frantically. “Come up here” they all said.

Pooh stood at the edge of the stream and watched the water run fast. Little leaves, twigs and even a half eaten fruit floated past and the gurgling noise was soothing. He sat down on the bank and picked up a flat little stone.

“Pooh!” he heard Piglet’s voice. “I lost you when the wind blew. It lifted me right above the trees and dropped me in the stream. I was soaking wet. Good job Tigger and Rabbit and Eeyore were up on the bridge. They fished me out.”

“Well done.” said Pooh absently. It wasn’t clear if he was saying that Piglet did well to get rescued or the friends did well to rescue him.

He wondered why pulling piglet out was ‘fishing’ him out - shouldn't it be ‘pigging’ him out?

“Are you coming up here? We were about to play Poohsticks. But we have a problem. Will you settle it for us? Tigger says throwing is ok. We think we should always drop. Please Pooh, You know the rules better than all of us.”

Pooh weighed the stone up in his hand and examined it closely. He then heaved his shoulder back and flipped the stone across the surface of the stream. The little stone skipped once, twice and then three times before sinking with a glub and a blub.

“No. Throwing is not ok. You need to drop. Throwing will be cheating”

He may be a bear with very little brain and an identitiy crisis but when it came to Poohsticks, Pooh knew the rules. It’s always easy to remember the rules that one makes up oneself, it is much harder to remember the rules when others make them up. Such is the rule of rules.


It’s always easy to remember the rules that one makes up oneself; it is much harder to remember the rules when others make them up. Such is the rule of rules.

"Pooh, Pooh!"
"Pooh, Pooh!" | Source

Hundred Acre Wood and Poohsticks Bridge

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Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22, UK
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In which Pooh invents a new game


Piglet let out a ‘I told you so’ squeal. Tigger grumbled. Eeyore just, well, Eeyored.

“However,” said Pooh. He liked saying ‘However’. It had a certain air of superiority. “In my new game, throwing is the only thing that will work. Dropping will make one disqualified. Just the opposite of Poohsticks”

The friends shouted out excitedly “What new game?”

Pooh pondered for a moment. One would think when the brain is little, it will be easier to get the thoughts out as they don’t have to travel far. However (Yes, I like saying that too) it takes longer for thoughts to emerge. It’s not the distance that counts, when it comes to thoughts, apparently.

Pooh muttered under his breath. “Well, if a game where one throws sticks upstream and runs across to watch them come downstream is called ‘Poohsticks’ I would have to call this one ‘Poohstones’ because I am skipping stones”

He lifted another stone, weighed it in his hand and then skipped it right across again. It felt good. This time the stone went once, twice, three and four times before sinking.

As he was about to shout out the new game’s name he watched a yellow feather float past, slow, sure and sunny.

There was something about the way the feather floated past brought a song to Pooh's head and his heart. Not all songs come together from the head and heart. But when they do, they do mean more than if they come from either on their own.


Not all songs come together from the head and heart. But when they do, they do mean more than if they come from either on their own...

"Poohskips"
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In Which Pooh sings the 'Skip, Skip' Song

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Tell me what you think

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Ride is over in a blink

Stones can’t float

They skip if thrown

Jump across

And drown alone

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Barely touch the stream

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Shouldn’t we stop to dream

Feathers and leaves

They float along

Ride the waves

Like they belong

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Tell me what you think

Skip, skip, skip and sink

Ride is over in a blink

Float, Float, Float and swim

Far away it goes

Float, Float, Float and swim

See what nature shows

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In Which Pooh receives a Final Clue


As he watched the feather float past something happened in his little brain. He decided to break convention. Just because something sounds logical, doesn’t always make it appealing. It won't be Poohstones, he muttered to himself.

“I am going to call this new game 'Poohskips'" he shouted out loud. There was the sound of a lot of chatter and a celebratory noise from the bridge. The friends sounded thrilled at the prospect of playing a new game. Poohsticks, exciting though it has been, was getting a tad repetitive.

“I am not playing today. I need to get back home” With that Pooh stood up, waved to his friends and walked onto the path.

He heard the pitter patter of little feet as Piglet ran to follow him.

"I forgot to tell you" said Piglet, breathless as he ran to catch up with Pooh.

"Oh bother." said Pooh, "What is it, Piglet ?"

"You know when we didn't know who Mr Sanders was and you wondered why that name was on your house?"

"Yes?"

"I remember Owl telling me that somewhere in the house, there's a clue."

"Really. I haven't found it at all up to now!"

Piglet pulled his scarf closer around his neck. " but you weren't looking for it."

Pooh thought about his day so far. He had spent pretty much all day wondering who he was. He thought perhaps this clue will give him the final piece of the puzzle.

"Thank you Piglet. You're a very good friend"

The sky was getting orange and purple as the sun started to dip. The wind was now neither fast nor slow, just a steady breeze. Pooh trotted along the path back to his home. His little brain was full of thoughts, clues and ideas about the question that had been bothering him.

"Shall I come along to help you find this?" came Piglet's voice.

"No, thank you Piglet. You go and have a rest." Pooh felt this was something he had to do on his own.

Piglet reached with his little hand and touched Pooh's elbow. It was a small hand and a brief touch, but it made Pooh feel much, much better. Piglet went off on his way.

As Pooh reached the corner around his house, the song that has been playing all through the day came to him again. Pooh hoped this this was the last time it played in him. He hoped that he would soon know the answer.

Piglet reached with his little hand and touched Pooh's elbow. It was a small hand and a brief touch, but it made Pooh feel much, much better.

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Who am I?

(Is it where I am)

Who am I?

(Is it what I like?)

Who am I?

(Is it who I know?)

Who am I?

(Is it how I look?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I am called?)”

Who am I?

( Is it where I live?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I do?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I think?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)



He reached his door as the song came to an end. Pushed it open and went back home where it had all started this morning...

To be continued.....Chapter 5


© 2012 Mohan Kumar

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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Doc you Rock! I feel like I just spent 10 minutes in poohland and I was throwing poohstones. How creative you are! This hub is a absolute joy. Thank you so much, and I'm never throwing poohstones at anyone again. Voted Up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mohan (Docmo),

I thought Part 4 was going to be the final chapter in this adventure! I'm not upset that it isn't ... I love your Pooh pastiche ... I want to read more. I'm glad there is going to be a Part 5.

Your story and your illustrations are brilliant!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Docmo, you should get a special award for this wonderful series of stories AND illustrations. Really incredible work!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Your story and continuing are both fantastic. Love Pooh's adventures and your telling of them. Will watch for more.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Docmo this is so charming! Of course we all want the real, real end ( whenever you figure it out! ). I feel like a kid again- Pooh was always my favorite bear and he is part of my teddy bear collection. True writers can imitate the best writers so you are doing great! I love the illustrations. I hope you are reading these to your kids. You really need to combine these into a little book for each of your children. Again, this wonderful!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

eHealer- appreciate the prompt visit and enjoying this story. Yep- dont throw poohstones- it is officially 'poohskips'. Thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Daisy- appreciate your visit and comments. I'm glad you're enjoying this series. This one is really close to my heart...


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

xstatic- thanks for you visit and spending your time reading this effort. Really appreciate it!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Becky- thanks for all your support. I'm really grateful. Glad I could keep the followers of this tale entertained.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are the master Doc! This is such a great series and you never disappoint. Bravo my friend; simply marvelous.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

suzette- much appreciated. You'll be pleased to know I have completed the story but couldn't fit it into one hub as it was far too long. So I decided to break it up into two ' parts (4) a all is well.. and (5) That ends well' I felt it had a certain poetic touch!

I do read this to my kids and I nearly choked up with emotion when I heard my little boy ( he is 7) singing ' Why do you scratch your chin chinny chin' song from the first chapter. appreciate your support very much! I will have to think about making a book out of this.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Sir Bill- it always means a lot coming from someone who also writes from his heart. Thank you so much!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Best Poohtale ever! Filled with "puzzling signs and flying piglets, buzzing beehives and mossy bottoms" not to mention songs and games and all in the name of Pooh. So much going on in the Hundred Acre Woods that hubbers everywhere are waiting for the next chapter just like little children.

Voted this a grand slam because it is just wonderful to read and so creative and beautifully done. Share with my followers too, oh bother!


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Life as a Blog 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

Wonderful work! Love Pooh!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Mary- I can always count on the Titan from Tillson for such wonderful comments. My serotonin levels have shot up with this feel-good writing and feel -good comments. Who needs Prozac when he have creativity! I'm so glad you like this one as I'm wary of dropping standards!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Life as a Blog- much appreciated! Thanks for visiting.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Docmo, I am left yet again wanting more and cannot now wait for the finale in this story. You have done this series justice and have quite enjoyed reading about Pooh and company all along and here of course too. Have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

Beautiful work. Love Pooh. Always think of him on a blustery day!

Thanks for the memories. My grandchildren are too "grown up" at 8 and 10 for Pooh these days, and I missed him. Was a delightful visit.

marsei


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Excellent writing, Docmo! And so true - "Sometimes it is good to look back before going forward." Though I would say it is always essential to look back in order to determine our assets, liabilities, profit or loss. Then it is time to move on again.... But oh boy, poor Pooh! I hope he will soon know exactly who he is.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Can we skip Pooh and see if he sinks or swims? :) Great story thus far, dear Docomojo! :)


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Always loved Pooh Bear. This is a delightful presentation of Poohland. Thanks for sharing this lovely bit of history.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I'm just delighted that our adventerous and ponderous Pooh is to be continued. I look forward to these stories. Thank you. :-)


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

I absolutely love this...reading the little story leaves a warm feeling inside..don't know why...it just does. I'm thinking friendship, looking out for one another, needing to be alone to ponder life and find the answer to the riddles, having strength, losing fear...so many messages. And kindness.

"Some raindrops rush straight to the ground, but others love to ride the leaves first and then fall leisurely after all the rush is gone."

Earlier, you wrote the above...how very poetic. this is a wonderful story and I hope you plan to release this as a childrens' book...

All ups but funny...cute, yes!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I would equate your writings to those of Beatrice Potter and other such greats! What an interesting and enjoyable read on this series. Voted way up!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I love POOH... this is so much fun to read I want to read the next chapter.. surely you write children's books? I think I have already asked you this.. sorry if I have,.

hugs

Debbie


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Mohan -

Tell me this isn't just for entertainment as many have stated. I'm getting many lessons here, including basic sentence structure (direct objects, etc.) and much more. Tell me I'm crazy, buy you're slipping in much that's seems to be going undetected, are you not?

Rich


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Your story fascinates. Want more just love that silly ole' bear.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Janine- Time and again I am delighted with the response to these stories- I have as much fun writing them so it's a double delight when readers like it too. Thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Marsei- much appreciated. I can never feel grown up for Pooh - the stories are such evergreen favorites but I know what you mean about today's children and their shifting loyalties and trends.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

MArtie- Thank you again. Pooh will certainly resolve the situation in the next - final- chapter. I had to break the last installment into two as it was too long for one hub so its already written!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

TT- you cruella. OF course he will swim. Thanks dear!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

carol7777- much appreciate your visit to Poohland!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Genna- you're very kind and I appreciate your visit/comment!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Lucky Cats- I deeply admire the fact that you have read and remembered the lines. I love writing this series as it brings out my inner child and the poetic adult together- it is nice to know those lines are appreciated. Thank you so much!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dianna- I am proud you think these are worthy of Beatrix Potter comparisons. Much appreciated!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Deborah - I do write children's stories but my published short works have only been adult themes. I am hoping to complete a YA novel soon when time permits... I would love to do children's books.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Ah Richard. My expectations in hubland are minimal as I know that the average skim reading, fast commenting reader doesn't always have time to stop and smell the roses.. but I am always delighted when one spots the nuances as you have... it gives me a warm glow! thank you, Sir. I don't take the task of writing lightly as I pour my energy into it and try to do justice to what I write as I take the craft seriously whatever the theme is! It is nice to know when such attempts are spotted.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Gypsy rose- it is always nice to have such loyal readership. Thank you!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Congratulations, Mohan. maintaining the ethos of a good Pooh story.

However, I beg to differ.

"Poohsticks, exciting though it has been, was getting a tad repetitive."

Incorrect, Sir, Poohsticks is a game that will never become less than exhilarating. Repetitive, yes, but that's the beauty of the game.

But Poohskips! Too many rules. There's the rule of distance as well as number of skips. Too much for Players of Little Brain. Too many permutations.

Stick to a game with simple rules. "First under the bridge" is good enough for me. It was for me when I played it from Pooh Bridge, when my Pooh and I went to do so, so it must be good enough for all.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Hi Becky. Come and encourage me to write, will you. I have absolute writers' block.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Go read mine and see if it inspires you. I do not feel well enough to encourage anyone right now.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Your latest?

I shall go and have a look... but wait a minute, Eeyore has just challenged me to another game of Poohsticks.

I promise I'll go when I have finished.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am so touched by the few little sentences that said so much to me. You describe, Docmo, how piglet scampers after Pooh, now on his way back home, to give Pooh an inkling about finding a hidden clue to what's puzzling him. Pooh, initially said "oh bother" but listened. When piglet offered his help in looking, Pooh knew he had to do it alone, kindly advising Piglet go have a rest. Piglet understood and with his small hand reached up and gently touched Pooh on the elbow, leaving Pooh feeling "much, much better." Pooh knew Piglet was a good friend. Those few simple sentences, perfectly constructed by you, made me cry, because they are so essentially beautiful. Thank you, Mohan, for only one with as much heart as you could ever write such a meaningful story.


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

Ahhh ... words, words, words ...

I hope this *never* ends, DocMo.

It is beautiful.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Yea, I love your Pooh series. You make his adventures fun to read and his friends he meets along the way are adorable. Have I ever told you that you are a brilliant writer with a genius imagination? Cheers.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I think your subtle nuances are POOHfect and will be sad to see this wise, insightful and delightfully charming series end...

but that's jus my POOHspective. Voted UP & FAB. Hugs, Maria


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful and (adorable) if I can use that word for a Hub. Such a pleasure to read. I will share it on Facebook. Thanks.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is truly wonderful and I am sharing this everywhere!!!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading the awesome Winnie the Pooh series. Wonder when Pooh gets to know who he is and how he figures it out!! Waiting for the next.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Boy, you sure are working on many finale's...awesome, doc.

You are not only a talented writer but also sketch well. Loved how you sketched pooh and the various images with the correct dimensions.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

What a great bedtime story and I am almost asleep. Really this was so darling I just loved it.

I cannot wait for the rest.

Loved it,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful work Docmo, this is a fabulous series !

Loved the 'skip skip' song and the new game 'poohskips'

Brilliant and voting up!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Ian, thanks for your ardent love of Pooh sticks ... my authoral powers do not extend beyond following Winnie through his day. He chose to invent a new game as part of his troubled day. I am sure he will, as you have so admirably pointed out, go back to admiring the simplicity and beauty of Pooh sticks very soon.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Amy I am glad you admire those little gestures that mean a lot. I write as it comes to me and perhaps I too am touched by little gestures like Pooh and Piglet. A Good friend knows, I am sure, when to challenge and when to listen, when to offer and when to let go for a bit...


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Redberry- thank you for those wonderful words and thoughts. I am touched.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Ruby what a wonderful warm comment, I am blessed to have friends and followers who appreciate my work. Thank you, my dear.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

It's you too - dear Maria- who is practically POOHfect in every way. Thank you for those sweet sentiments.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Lady _E - appreciate your comments and thanks for sharing this!

Audrey- much appreciated - thank you for sharing!

Nithya- the wait is over. The finale is imminent!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Ruchira- I know- I seem to be heading towards several 'conclusions' one after the other! thank you for your support.

Bobbi- glad you enjoyed this whimsical journey of Pooh. Thank you so much.

Lesley- I am proud of the the Skip, skip song. I am glad you enjoyed it!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Mohan, Winnie the Pooh is such a memorable part of my time as a new mom. I read all the Winnie the Pooh books to my son. In fact, to this day, when it's windy outside I say, "it's blustery outside"! My son is now 20. Winnie the Pooh was a beautiful way to teach friendship, learning, overcoming insecurity and believing in oneself!

I love this story and will come back for more and more and more!

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