Pooh and the Art of Living & Loving 1- Who am I?

'I don't know you, Mr!'
'I don't know you, Mr!' | Source

In which Pooh wakes up (or does he?)



It was raining in hundred acre wood that morning. Pooh woke up and stretched his little arms up in the air. The pitter patter of rain outside made a strange little rhythm.

"Rum tumpty tumpty tum" said Pooh as he got out of bed. The rain drops went ' Pit patter pattety pit' on his roof.

Pooh felt happy. "I am happy" said Pooh, aloud. The rain agreed.

He felt a rhythm in his tummy too. "Rum rumbly rumbly rum" said his tummy. Pooh smacked his lips and walked towards the cupboard. On his way there, he caught sight of the reflection in the mirror and gasped.

"Who is that?"

The reflection said the same thing. "I don't know you Mr. You better not be here for my hunny" Pooh was aghast that the other one said the same thing.

Pooh stuck his hand out to touch this strange person in his house and struck the mirror.

"Ouchy ouch." said Pooh and blinked three times. It has been said that you should blink once for clarity, twice for purity and three times for sanity.

"Oh bother." said Pooh, with a sudden burst of realisation, "That is a mirror I touched."

As a bear of very little brain, things took a while to warm up. "So, that must be my reflic..refec..reflection"

Pooh nodded to the mirror and was pleased that the other bear nodded back in agreement. Pooh however, realized that reflection or otherwise, he had woken up not knowing who he was.

"I don't have a cloo who I am." said Pooh.The wind that blew outside chorused with him,'clooooooooh'.

Then something strange happened.

For the first time ever in hundred acre wood, Pooh forgot to eat his honey and went out in search of himself.



' Oh bother!'
' Oh bother!' | Source
“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”
“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?” | Source

The Real Hundred Acre Wood

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In which Pooh wonders 'Who am I?'


There were dark clouds hanging over hundred acre wood. The rain was coming down fast and there was a steady rustle through the leaves all around. Pooh looked up and sighed, “Oh bother. Why does it always rain when you are trying to find something, even if that something is me?”

Although he was a bear of very little brain, Pooh decided to stand under the tree and take stock of the situation. Strange though it may seem, there were quite a few things Pooh could remember. He knew he lived in hundred acre wood. He knew he liked honey. He knew he had friends here, the closest one being little Piglet. The only thing he couldn’t remember was his name or who he was.

“Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

It felt that this wasn’t ideal. Somehow, knowing who he was seemed essential to Pooh. Not knowing this fact made him feel lost and more importantly, unhappy.

“Maybe my friends will tell me who I am.” thought Pooh. The rain was starting to ease and the day brightened up a little. Something else crossed his mind. “But they can only tell me who they think I am. It may not be the real me”

Pooh needed to think this through. He climbed up the tree and sat on a slippery branch. “Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.” He said out aloud, as if reassuring himself.




“Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.”
“Sometimes it is better to think things through from a different view, even if it feels slippery.” | Source

In which Pooh finds an unexpected find



The woods were green and brown and hazy. There was a lazy curl of smoke twirling up into the sky. Pooh remembered it could be from Rabbit’s house. The paths around were slightly waterlogged. The trees were glistening with droplets and now that the sun was trying to come out, the leaves glowed and glittered as if by magic.

Pooh tried to remember the face he saw in the mirror. He looked at his feet swinging lazily from the branch, then at his hands and his round tummy. He was soft and fuzzy. His tummy rumbled again. He looked around and saw a little hole where the branch met the tree, and in it, much to his surprise he noticed a pot.

“It is funny how you find something when you aren’t particularly looking for it.” He edged closer to the hole and pulled out the pot. It was thankfully heavy and full of gooey goodness.

He started eating when a song popped into his head.



"Its funny how you find something when you aren't particularly looking for it"
"Its funny how you find something when you aren't particularly looking for it" | Source

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?

(Will I ever know?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)



Just as he was licking the last lick of hunny from his sticky paws, he heard footsteps and a voice.

“Pooh?”

Said the voice echoing through the woods.

“Pooh, are you up?”

A small shiver of recognition went through the bear’s very little brain.



Who am I?

(Is it what I am called?)”


He climbed down to meet the owner of the voice. He blinked four times.

Apparently it has been said you blink once for clarity, twice for purity, three times for sanity and four times for curiosity.

To be continued.....


(Pooh created by A A Milne and originally illustrated by EH Shepard)

This story by Mohan Kumar

"Who are you, Mr?"
"Who are you, Mr?" | Source

© 2012 Mohan Kumar

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I want to shrink and come sit on your lap, and have you tell me a story. Aww, I like it so much. I have been up a tree on a slippery limb before, and looked around and found honey.

Next installment please. Ann

Up and awesome


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOW keep writing. Enjoyed this. Awesome writing and art work. Voted up.


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

Rohan, I have nothing to say apart from "I love it!"

I have loved Pooh for much longer than I would care to admit, but my goodness. E.H.Shephard would be so proud of you, and so would A.A.Milne. I have drawn Pooh pictures since I was a little boy, but whlre reading through your lovely story, I was so impressed, and then to find they were "created on iPad 'Paper' app using my finger" I was amazed.

Looking forward to your next.

Ian


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Fantastic Hub! A greatparable of Pooh that may help us all with that pesky question about ourselves that is sooo

hard to pin down. The illustrations are priceless too. I will look for that App, though I can't draw anyway.

Up all the way across & shared as well!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Ann - you are welcome to my story telling session anytime. what a gorgeous comment and compliment. Thank you!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Vellur- thank you kindly. Much appreciated.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

So delightful! Thank you for the smiles!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@ Ian- believe it or not, I thought of you and your profile pic when I wrote this hub. My memory banks stireed and thought you would like this hub. Within minutes there you are like a Pooh-seeking-missile- my hub read and commented. I am really glad to have pleased a Pooh connoisseur. Thank you Ian! - Mohan


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@xstatic - thank you so much for appreciating my hub on that 'pesky' question. I thought the little bear was best placed to ponder on life's mysteries.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@Sunnie- glad you came by. Thank you for your visit and comments.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

From the first illustration, your message has the artistic marks of Docmo. I am certain, be it with a lump of coal, pencil, or an iPad 'Paper' app, your Don Quixote spirit will find a way to be enlightening. And, who of us, no matter our brain power, doesn't recognize Pooh in the mirror? The message of your magic as a storyteller makes me eager to enjoy Pooh's quest. Bring it on, Docmo!


Jan Holt 4 years ago

Hello Ian, I was passed your hub via Twilight Lawns. I must say I am very impressed with your illustrations and the way that you have put such an incredible innocence in your writings. Your explanation of the rain and the woods, put a lovely vision in my mind....taking me back to when Ian (Twilight) used to read us the Pooh stories in the 1960s. Well done, it's lovely!

More please.... Jan x


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Amy, as long as I have such wonderful readers and generous comments, My creative juices will keep flowing. You always make this boy beam! Thank you,sweet Amy.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Jan, thank you so much for visiting and your wonderful comments. It's great to know Ian used to read the Pooh stories to you- here's one more for him to read out. What a wonderful tribute!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Just superb! Voted up and across the board!


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

Sorry about the typographical error, Mohan. I make so many mistakes that I am amazed that I can even write a shopping list (lust, lost, last... I dunno)... much less a comment on a wonderful piece of writing like this.

I should imagine that you have worked out that Jan was a girl in my class when I first started to teach in the UK, and we are still friends.

That's one of the great things about teaching; one finds some amazing friend, for life.

I'll certainly notify Jan when you write another Pooh story, or any other hub. They're always excellent


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Angelme566 4 years ago

This is so cute .and i love the graphics..loe am reading a pocketbook.. This is a worthy read..Voted Up and awesome !


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

@WillStarr- thank you very much.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dear Ian, teaching connects in so many ways and creates a unique bond. Since I started teaching ( medicine) I have found some wonderful friends who I stay in touch with. I am glad this little bit of whimsy you chose to share this way. I am honoured!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love this. I can see a little one listening to this wonderful story about Pooh. My Grandson Jackie Jr. always carried Pooh everywhere. Your artistic design is very good. You have soo much talent. Thank you for sharing...


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dear Ruby, thank you very much- the little ones loved this story and I hope they'll want more!


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Just can't wait for the next installment of Pooh's existential dilemma. VERY nicely done - love the illustrations, and really love the thought behind Pooh's search for identity.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Really cute story. I thought of Ian also while reading this and I thought I was going to have to go track him down to tell him about it. I see I don't need to but I need to track him down anyway. It has been far too long since talking with my dear old coot.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Is it something in the air? This is the 3rd hub I have read this morning all relating to the meaning of life and our existance. An now I find that even the lovable Pooh is asking the same questions.

I love it, who could ever pass up a Pooh story. Love your illustrations too

Excellent, voting up and waiting with anticipation to see if Pooh has the answers.


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sofs 4 years ago

Cute! What a way to start my day.. Thanks Doc, you know what, I have written a couple of hubs on ...' The art of living - living from the heart' and 'To love- who am I?' but you can't call them cute :) Waiting for the next chapter of Pooh. Have a lovely day!


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

That was great!

Really enjoyable!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi mperrottet - thank you- its good to know there is interest in the next instalment. I better get writing it quick!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Becky, really glad you like this writing. Yeah, I was happily surprised when Ian arrived here before I could prompt him. His love for Pooh is unparalleled!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Rosemay, it must be something in the air. Little did I know there were similar existential ponderings around here in hubland! Thank you for your visit and comments. appreciated.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi sofs, I am glad this was enjoyable and it helped to start off your day wit ha smile. I'll have to check out your hubs on existential questions- I am sure to learn some. Thanks for visiting!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Trish, glad you came by and enjoyed this little story. thank you!


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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Thank you Docmo! This is a very special hub. You have written a fabulous story (I look forward to more) and illustrated it beautifully. You are very talented. Voted up and across the board.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Maralexa, for your visit and generous comments. I truly appreciate it.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Funny little hub and great illustrations, Mohan. If you ever tire of practicing medicine, you could well earn your keep as a creative illustrator. Trust me!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

drbj, thank you. If I carry on at this rate I may well have to! Its always great to see you here.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello. The least I could do is put this on FaceBook. Brilliant, it is packaged joy.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks to Mckbirdbks for sharing this cute story on FaceBook. What a great way to start the morning with an introspection by the Great Pooh! I loved this and your illustrations were quite impressive.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

hi mcbirdbks- truly appreciate your visit and thanks for sharing this!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi pegcole- thanks for your visit and comments- glad you like it!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Docmo,

I like how you brought the spot light on our favorite character...Pooh. He is adorable and making him think on who he is and what is he here for..will make all living beings think of the same.

voted up as interesting!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Ruchira, I ma really pleased to feature your favorite ( my favorite too) in an introspective moment.I am planning to continue the story of Poohs search for himself! Thank you very much.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This was lovely and great fun and just happened to be about one of my favorite literary characters. I see also that you are a teacher? We have much in common. I look forward to following you from this moment on.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Bilky Buc - I am a practising clinician and a teacher - I can see there is much in common with our outlook including the love of pooh. Appreciate your vist!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Beautiful and so engaging! I cannot wait to read more. Love your style and your amazing illustrations. Rated up! Cool story - Steph


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I happened across this when hub searching and boy am I glad I did. I know you write good hubs but this is truly amazing. A.A. Milne must be smiling ear to ear to have someone re-create his beloved Pooh so well in word and pictures. This is definitely book-worthy and so original. Sir, you are truly a master at your craft, it seems both writing AND drawing. Voted all the way across and SHARING with my followers!!!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Mary- truly appreciate your visit and thoughtful comments. I am so pleased you are sharing this too as I am quite proud of writing & illustrating this! Much. much appreciated.


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Carlos Catatonia 4 years ago from new orleans, louisiana

you made me reconsider what I knew about Pooh, nonetheless this was very interesting and well written. Great hub!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

thank you Carlos - love your name by the way- much appreciate your visit and comment. Glad you enjoyed this Pooh nugget.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I can not tell you how happy I am for having found your hub pages. I am currently on a "stay at home" vacation and am so enjoying reading your works. Raeding one of your hubs give's me the same feeling I get when I am settling in to read a really good fat book.

On another note, this particular short story is dear to my heart. When I was a little girl, I had an invisible friend. Guess who? Yup - Pooh! I have continued to hold him dear to my heart through all my years. Thank you for reminding me of a special and happy childhood memory.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Its amazing how this Pooh story has reawakened many childhood memories, including my own. I am glad you enjoyed this- thank you for your visit and comment. Much appreciated.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

What a fantastic start to my day, loved, loved this!

Wonderful writing and great illustrations!

More please - voting up!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Lesley, thank you for making my day. I am really glad you like this. Especially because I have just finished the draft for the 'sequel' and am looking forward to sharing this soon.


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

Mohan (Docmo),

You continually amaze me with your creativity and versatility. I've just read this story twice. I'm still smiling, my friend.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Weird music is playing again. I just finished the draft of the 'sequel' and I am really excited about it! Thanks Daisy for your wonderful compliment.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Docmo this one is truly amazing!!! You raise the bar for everyone else around here with your writing, story telling, and artistry. Thanks for being a hubber! Sharing this and voting it way up across the board! Take care, Kelley


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

You are just stinkin' amazing, Docmo! I wish I had a tenth of the talent you do! :) I never really cared for Pooh, but found your story charming and endearing. :) Voting up, of course! :)


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

You are very talented DOCMO and it is a pleasure to read and view your artwork. Well done!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Kelley- I am not sure about raising the bar as there is far too much talent around here ( like yourself) - that's what keeps me going. Thank you so much!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Terrye- I just love the 'stinkin' amazing' compliment. I just sniffed myself with pride. (eww!) Its a good job I doused myself in Terre d'hermes this morning. Thank you very much for your comments and compliments! Much appreciated.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

duffsmom- thank you. I'm glad you found my little effort entertaining. I am truly delighted at the response.


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

As always, it's my pleasure, Docmo. *giggle*


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

I finally decided it was time to read this. And I am so glad I did! How adorable! I have always had a soft spot for Pooh. How could I not?! You do such a wonderful job of capturing his spirit and of making me really care about what is hapeneing with him.

And it happened again. Words popped out that made my heart skip and they are now lodged in my brain: "Ouchy Ouch". I giggled when I read that. What an odd choice out of all your wonderful words. Not a conscious choice, It just happens! I wonder what Freud and Jung would have to say about this.

I am going to rush off to read the next one! This Pooh reminds me so much of myself. I didn't know who I was for most of my life to date. I never even had and answer to the question "waht do you want to be" until recently. I am curious to see what happens.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Doc,

Reading your work is like unburying precious treasure. I am not sure what I will find but it is all profoundly pleasing...

Charmingly joyful with insights for all ages. And who doesn't love a teddy bear...!

Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Dana, When I first started this it was meant to be an existential meditation. The clue is in the web address for this page! Then I let Pooh carry me through the story- I love it when the story writes me! I still fill buried under the whimsy is a question of identity. I'm glad you delighted in the language yet. tapped into the undercurrent. You truly are Pooh!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Maria, you know how to make a man smile ;-) ( unburying precious treasure) wow. Hugs right back and thank you so much. I'm delighted you came over and read this.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

I could all but hear Poo speak in this delightful piece. Doc, you are brilliant and your artwork, once again, has me amazed.

Namaste and HubHugs~


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

India, thank you so much. Appreciate your visit and comments. This is a labour of love as you can see.


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

HubHugs?! I love it!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Yep. Hubhugs. So apt for the Pooh hub! delightful.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This was great Domco! So creative original and clever! I enjoyed every last minute of it! Voted up and many more!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Such an interesting question: “Is it important to know who I am?” said Pooh to no one in particular. “Can I not just be?”

Pooh's song, too, reveals deep introspection.

So very true: “It is funny how you find something when you aren’t particularly looking for it.”

Docmo, the 'moral' of this story is unfathomed, and yet you manage to present it perceivable for children (aged 3 to 83). Congratulations!

Amazing - You have drawn all the illustrations and painted them on the iPad 'Paper' app using your finger! Now I am speechless in awe of your talents. You can make a lot of money with this kind of writings in hard copy.

Voted up, well-written and well-illustrated. Pooh and the Art of Living - Self-Awareness - is breathtakingly profound!


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

Hello Docmo. Well, you've done a fantastic job of describing our human dilemma using Pooh as the inquisitive and contemplative character. We all wonder these things, don't we? And, your little poem asking what it is that makes us who we are is genius. I certainly can relate to Pooh's questions. Serious concerns wrapped in the sweetest story. I think this one applicable to children and adults, too..maybe even more so for adults....maybe we're all eternally children, inside, in our own most personal wonderings/wanderings. Love it. PS...did you do the drawings, too? UP Useful (very), Interesting, Beautiful (creative, imaginative) and Awesome!!

(hey Martie! You're just above me here...yea!)


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

No matter what topic you write about, it is so enjoyable to read your hubs. I really appreciate your creativity and intelligence. This was very enjoyable to read.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Josh- thank you very much!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Martie- I love the way you have deconstructed the 'messages' it makes me feel good that you love this story and its messages. I didnt want it to be message heavy at the cost of the story... I am glad this comes across.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

Kathy- Thank you so much for appreciating my efforts and yes I did do the illustrations ( on a ipad app for quick transfer to the hubs!) Your appreciation is very much appreciated!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK Author

its so nice of you to say so- toknowinfo- much appreciated and hope you enjoy reading the subsequent chapters too!


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Kai0224liu 4 years ago from TX

wow this is awesome.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I haven't had time to dive into your series about Pooh yet. I'll try to catch up with the other parts soon. You are an amazing story teller Docmo! I really enjoyed this. :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Wow--no wonder everyone loved you!


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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

Very fun. I love this bear. Tigger is my favorite friend of his.

There is a movie -- I think it was Netflix that I saw it on -- of the actual story behind the real Pooh Bear and how he ended up in a zoo and a young father started writing stories about him -- and named him Pooh Bear.

Voting up and awesome.


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

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read part #1 again and will be rereading the other four parts of your pastiche. I also tweeted all five parts of your story today.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

I love the adventures of pooh. Fantastic & very creative


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Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

Hi Docmo ,, that was a wonderful story :) thanks

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