I must give a shout-out to an all-time favorite character of mine, Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s his birthday today!
I can’t imagine my childhood without Winnie-the-Pooh, both in Disney form and then, when I was old enough, in classic book form of the actual tales.
Eventually, I even graduated to reading The Tao of Pooh, which is an excellent book by Benjamin Hoff. Fun fact: Benjamin Hoff graduated from the school I currently attend, The Evergreen State College, with a degree in Asian Art in 1973. In the short bio of him in the back of The Tao of Pooh, he jokes that he doesn’t remember what he “majored” in, and that it didn’t really matter anyhow.
So this is my ode to Pooh, who deserves it. Pooh remains one of the only heroes of timeless literary fiction who really has his heart in the right place. Also, I remember always being struck by the uniquely excellent relationships between the several main characters: Pooh, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and (how could we forget) Eeyore. And wasn’t there a rabbit? Anyway, happy birthday to Pooh, the most memorable bear around.