“Pay attention to where you are going because
without meaning you might get nowhere.”
Many good folks are creating a more deliberate online presence and community during this world-wide season of isolation by offering their unique version of pleasant and interesting material to help people feel supported and connected.
For the time being, I want to join in and post more regularly, all in an effort to help boost morale. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm sharing excerpts from the many books on my shelves, randomly opening pages and selecting a few lines, or sometimes following page numbers with calendar dates. I might comment on the chosen portion or just leave the author say it. Tags: Creating Community In Isolation; Pressing My Books Into Service
Do you remember as a child being very careful not to step on the cracks between the sidewalk blocks on a street? A.A. Milne wrote a delightful poem for his son about the 'dangers' of stepping on the lines and how important it was to stay inside the squares. I giggle to read it aloud. I especially love to hear it performed by Peter Dennis, Pooh's Ambassador Extraordinary, according to Christopher Robin Milne, who also said of Peter, "...if you want to meet the real Pooh, the bear I knew, the bear my father wrote about, listen to Peter. You will not be disappointed".
Alas, as I could not find the poem anywhere online to share it with you, you might have to one day borrow your grandkids and listen to their audio CD set (if they still have such an old-fashioned item nowadays). I was so lucky-blessed when I found a set at a library sale a few years ago. I used to take it with me to listen in the car, especially on a spring day (which I am not doing at the moment for reasons you already know); it always lifted my spirits.
Today's selection is just a bit of fun as we don't want to take ourselves too seriously. I hope you enjoy.
The World of Christopher Robin
by A.A. Milne
Lines and Squares
Whenever I walk in a London street,
I'm ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, "Bears,
Just look how I'm walking in all of the squares!"
And the little bears growl to each other, "He's mine,
As soon as he's silly and steps on a line."
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It's ever so portant how you walk.
And it's ever so jolly to call out, "Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!"
Be safe. Be well. Be calm.
Wishing you a beautiful day.