January 18 was Winnie-the-Pooh Day! Chris asked me, “what makes today Winnie-the-Pooh day?” and I had no idea. So obviously, I Googled it.
The author and creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne was born January 18, 1882. So it makes sense that January 18 commemorates Milne and the Silly Ol’ Bear he introduced to the world through his stories. I have been a huge fan of Milne for many, many years and never knew about Winnie-the-Pooh day until this year.
We’ve all been under the weather this week (“tut! tut! it looks like rain!”) so I decided to skip the honey cakes and we just cuddled on the couch with our many Pooh Bear plush toys, and read all of the Winnie-the-Pooh books in our home library.
In the afternoon, we watched the 2011 Disney film, Winnie the Pooh, which is one of my personal favorites.
At the end of the day, I gave Emery a spoonful of honey (Sawyer isn’t so lucky as he isn’t a year old yet) and we sang the 100 Acre Wood song (aka the Winnie-the-Pooh theme).
I adored Pooh when I was growing up, and even collected all of the classic characters when I was a teenager. It makes my heart so happy to watch my kids playing with those little plush toys that sat in storage for so long, and to hear my 2-year-old’s sweet voice singing out, “Winnie a Pooh! Winnie a Pooh!”
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
– A.A. Milne, from “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926)