Blustery Day

Today I am reminded of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. It is so windy today. In case you forgot the story, or have never heard/seen it, here is the plot from Wilkepedia... And today is Wednesday, or Winds-day as Gopher would say:)

"At the beginning of the story, Gopher tells Winnie the Pooh that it is 'Winds-day' (a play on 'Wednesday'), whereupon Pooh decides to wish everybody "Happy Winds-day." He visits his friend Piglet, but Piglet is blown into the air and Pooh grabs hold of him. As they fly like a kite through the air over the other characters' heads, Pooh wishes Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Owl a Happy Winds-day. However, once they arrive at Owl’s treehouse, he informs them that the wind is due to "a gentle spring zephyr" rather than to a particular holiday. During the windstorm, Owl's house is knocked down, so Eeyore is sent to house-hunt for Owl.

That night, Pooh hears an unfamiliar noise coming from elsewhere in the Hundred Acre Wood. Someone knocks on Pooh’s door, then Tigger bounces inside in search of something to eat. After Tigger sings his signature song, "I'm the only one!", he tries some honey but decides, "Yuck! Tiggers don't like honey." Before leaving Pooh’s house, Tigger tells him that there are Heffalumps and Woozles in the forest that steal honey, Pooh's favourite food. Later, Pooh suffers from a nightmare in which Heffalumps and Woozles steal his honey while the song "Heffalumps and Woozles" plays.

Later that night, a storm floods the Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet, who is trapped in his home, writes a bottle-note for help just before the waters carry him away riding a chair. Pooh, who is trapped in a honey pot, floats away from his home as well. The remaining characters gather at Christopher Robin's house to plan a rescue. Christopher Robin sends Owl to rescue Piglet, but before he can, Piglet and Pooh are mixed up in a waterfall which switches Piglet to the honey pot and Pooh to the chair. When they arrive together at Christopher Robin’s house, he mistakenly thinks that Pooh rescued Piglet and throws a hero party for Pooh.

During the party, Eeyore announces that he has found a new home for Owl. When he leads the gang to Piglet's house, the others are shocked and try to tell Eeyore that Piglet already lives there. Piglet reluctantly gives his home to Owl, and Pooh offers to let Piglet live with him. Pooh suggests to Christopher Robin that the hero party should become a two-hero party because of Piglet’s generosity. He agrees, and the characters celebrate both Pooh’s and Piglet's good deeds."

Remember how scary the Heffalumps and Woozles were! I was terrified of them!

Now, you know how I feel about the commercialization of Winnie the Pooh courtesy of El Walmarto. I really, really dislike it. But, I love the stories of Winnie the Pooh and the gang from the Hundred Acre Woods. I have a really old copy of the stories...too bad it is paperback and trying to fall apart.

1 comment:

Mindi said...

when i was a little girl we had this on a record, and i still remember the songs "and the rain-rain-rain goes down-down-down"...such a fond memory from my childhood. thanks for that!