“Always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
– Christopher Robin to Winnie-the-Pooh (Disney)
On a recent flight home from Australia, I stumbled upon a movie that I had not heard of before, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (2017).
I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. It is based on the true story detailing the complicated relationship between Winnie-the-Pooh author Alan A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin.
(Who knew the bear came with baggage?)
A very touching movie that had me holding back tears and carving chocolate. (A true sign of an emotional eater)
Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were based on Alan’s son and his stuffed toys. These toys are on permanent display at the New York City Public Library.
Christopher was bullied as a child and his relationship with his parents was strained. After his father’s death in 1956 he never spoke to his mother again. She died in 1971. Speculation for the discord was his mother’s disapproval of his marriage to his first cousin.
Pooh’s home, 100 acre wood was inspired by the beautiful landscape of the dense Five Hundred Wood in Ashdown Forest, England. Which was Christopher Milne’s favourite place to explore when summering at their nearby country home in the 1920s.
On a side note, Milne’s country home was bought years later by original Rolling Stones band member, Brian Jones, who drowned in the home’s swimming pool July 1969.
Speaking of the woods, I am reminded of a project I did for Irene as a gift for her husband.
We framed the awards he received as a first responder firefighter in the Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo, 1.5 million acre wildfire in 2016; a recognition for extraordinary bravery and commitment.
To personalize the awards we chose to included Doug’s name bar and carved matboard cutouts of forest trees and a firefighter’s silver axe.
The finished piece was to be hung along with other awards and memorabilia in his man cave.
What a great keepsake to be reminded that:
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.
Thank You Doug.
About Karen – A creative business owner who specializes in framing unusual items. When not transforming objects into framed masterpieces for clients, she indulges her sweet tooth with all things dark chocolate and unwinds with a good biography and a cappuccino.