“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
I was just a little girl when I first fell in love with the magic and simplicity of Winnie the Pooh. He seemed, at once, to be surrounded by friends who understood him, he had a special way of making the mundane magical, and the little bits of wisdom he and his motley crew imparted were ones that have continued to resonate with me as I grew up. They spoke of friendship, of gratitude, of stepping outside your comfort zone, embracing the stillness and seeing the beauty in self.
In fact, my very first best friend – way back in kindergarten – shared the name of my beloved Christopher Robin. In my imagination, he and I explored the Hundred Acre Woods, while the reality was our school sandbox and playground.
I don’t know if I ever realized that A.A. Milne plucked Winnie and Kanga, Piglet and Rabbit, Tigger and Owl…not so much from his own imagination, but that of his son, Christopher Robin.
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we were just having fun.” Christopher Robin
Young Christopher has always been real to me, but not REAL. And, in fact, without spoiling the plot, I must share that he is, in some ways beautifully real and in others a treasure of whatever direction your imagination takes.
Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
There is a disheartening and painful disconnect between parent and child…a reminder, to me at least, to stop, play and appreciate their youth and heart before it is gone.
But, much like you and I always count on Pooh to be, it is honest.
I was honored to be a guest at the premiere and red carpet gala of Goodbye Christopher Robin in New York City this past week.
“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?”
Goodbye Christopher Robin opened in a few select cities on October 13th, but will open in many more on October 20th.
Put Goodbye Christopher Robin on your Must-See list.