A few days ago I read a fabulous article by @wearethemighty
and it was all about Winnie the Pooh! I knew did not know that the author, A. A. Milne, wrote these beloved stories for his son to help explain war and to process through his own demons. Milne was a WWI vet struggling after the war, shell shock was not widely accepted or discussed after The Great War. Actually, it wasn’t really acknowledged at all. One day he took his little boy, Christopher Robin, to the London Zoo. Where they met a little black bear named Winnie....
Both Milne and his son fell in love with Winnie for different reasons, and Milne bought Christopher a cuddly teddy bear. Christopher vividly remembers his father reaction to loud noises and his fathers erratic behavior would scare him. Milne began to write short stories about Winnie to help explain to and connect with his son. Many theorize that all the characters represent a mental disorder. Piglet is paranoia, Eeyore is depression, Tigger is impulsivity, Rabbit is perfectionism, Owl is memory loss, and Kanga and Roo are over protection. Winnie was Milne. Christopher Robin would go in to serve in WWII, as well as his father! Milne would also serve in WWII as a Captain. These beloved stories were born from the horrible memories of war, and now bring comfort to generations of children. If you want to read the full article, check out the We Are Mighty Facebook page. Photo credit: we are the mighty article, original photo taken to Howard Coster. .
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