Winnie the Pooh Totally gets me

As I lay asleep early Saturday, I am awakened for a brief second by the morning routine of my housemate. I look at the clock and decide that 10:00AM is far too early to be up in my current condition. I won’t go into detail, but my Friday night consisted of a 6-pack of Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale by New Belgium (which was delicious), a binge of Parks and Recreation leading to the finale and a trip to the bar. Needless to say, I wasn’t ready to get up. As I prepare to fall back to sleep, my housemate starts playing music, and when I say “playing”, I mean blasting. I quickly rise from my place of happiness to deliver a hangover induced death-stare to my housemate when a familiar tune starts playing. It was “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane, which is a beautiful song if you haven’t listened to it. Suddenly, my mind makes an interesting connection. This song, which I adore, was used in the trailer of Winnie the Pooh (2011), a film that I had never seen. So on that morning, I, a 21 year old college student, decided to take a trip to the “Hundred Acre Wood” and when I returned, I had one conclusion: Winnie the Pooh totally gets me.

To explain this phenomena, I’m going to go through some of the characters and share my connection.

Pooh: In the movie, from beginning to end, Pooh’s motivation is honey or “Hunny” and as a poor college student, I can relate. I’ve found myself in a similar state as Pooh, doing anything for food. When considering the countless club meetings and long lines I’ve waited in just to get some free grub (looking at you Spring Jam and Homecoming), I can see the bond that Winnie the Pooh and I share, and that is our love of food.                    

 

Piglet: We all have that one really great friend who is a little shy on the surface, but deep down, we know they’re strong and they will always have our back. Whether this friend is someone from home, or someone you met in college, you see strength and courage in them that many overlook. For me, I’ll remember to always give encouragement to my Piglet, because when push comes to shove, my Piglet will always have my back.

Tigger and Eeyore: These two characters could not be more different, but that is exactly why I grouped them together. Eeyore, is glum, sarcastic and pessimistic, while Tigger is fun, upbeat and irresponsible. When I look at these two characters, I see myself during the weekdays vs. the weekends. Sure the week can be difficult and sometimes it seems like everything is going against me, but come Friday night, I’m always able to put Eeyore aside for a bit so I can let out my inner Tigger.

Owl: This connection is short, but sweet. In the movie, the know-it-all, Owl, misreads a letter from Christopher Robin saying “be back soon” as “Backson” and quickly infers that Christopher has been kidnapped by a monster called the “Backson.” This reminded me of that one kid in every class, who raises their hand all the time to make comments and remarks and they have no clue what they’re talking about. Sorry all you Owl lovers, he’s my least favorite character.

Kanga and Roo:  Last but not least, is Kanga and Roo. The relationship of these two characters really just gives me an opportunity to reflect and appreciate my mother and everything she does for me.                  


A nice anecdote for this piece is that I love Winnie the Pooh and always have. So much so, that I used to have Winnie the Pooh bedsheets and when they became too worn and they got thrown out, I was devastated (I will not disclose what age this was at). My mother remembered this and last winter she got me a hand sewn Winnie the Pooh pillowcase that I sleep on every night. Sometimes the little things mean everything. So shout out to my wonderful mother, even when I seem distant, I love you.

By- Robert M. Koons

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