This Sunday it’s World Friendship Day, and when I thought of friendship Winnie the Pooh popped into my head. He’s been my daughter’s closest friend for the longest time, through good times and bad he’s always there for a cuddle and a reassuring hug.
There are so many wonderful quotes by A.A. Milne that highlight the core values of friendship. And so many speak to my heart of the happiness that being a mom brings to me. Who would have thought that this honey-loving yellow bear could share so much wisdom with us, even today 90 years after he was first created?
When I first gazed at Amy on the day she was born it was Winnie the Pooh’s words that sprang to my mind, “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” How right he was! It only took a moment with her in my arms to learn that “sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” That blast of love was quickly followed by the terror of ever being apart, which made me remember his words “if you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
Winnie the Pooh taught me that you don’t spell love, you feel it. This wise old bear knew that today was my favourite day because a day spent with my children is my best. He continues to inspire me to teach them “you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
One day when my children get their wings and leave home let’s hope my sentimental mom’s heart remembers that “if there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” For “how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
It was Winnie the Pooh who said, “we will be friends until forever, just you wait and see.” There will be good times and bad times, happy times and sad times, but my one wish is that my children will always see me as their mother and as their friend who loves them with all my heart.
Thanks Pooh Bear, and Happy Friendship Day!