You wouldn’t think it by looking at them, but pigs are actually one of the smartest animals on the face of the earth. They can be trained to do tricks and are pretty social. They actually make pretty decent pets too! (not that a lot of us have that option). Today was created by an art teacher in Texas, Ellen Stanley, in 1972. One would assume she had pigs, or at least access to them. At any one time there are generally about a billion pigs living on earth, most living 10-15, although some can live up to 20+ years.
How to celebrate – Take a pig to lunch today (no, that does not mean you are going to eat it). Get a pig for a pet. Take an IQ challenge with a pig.
Today is A. A. Milne’s birthday, back in 1882. Of course we all know he wrote Winnie the Pooh. I have heard so many stories about how and why he wrote the children’s book that I don’t know which of them is true. You might ask Christopher Robin or Tigger, Eeyore or Piglet or Roo. Surely one of them will have he right answer. So if you love Winnie the Pooh then by default you love Allan Alexander Milne too.
How to celebrate – Read Winnie the Pooh. Research how old Milne was when he wrote Winnie the Pooh. Throw a Pooh party for a few of your friends.
It was January 18th that A. A. Milne was born in 1882, Allan Alexander, and he had an idea. The world needed a bear that they could share in their lives and experience life through. I’m not exactly sure why, but he set about creating the bear we would all come to know and love.
Since a bear cannot be left alone in the woods with no one to talk to Milne also created Christopher Robin (Cause they had to have a human being in it for people to relate to) Tigger, that happy bouncy tiger, Eeyore, who is the favorite of many, Piglet and Roo.
Since his creation, Winnie the Pooh has gone on to be a world wide success. I am not sure he lived long enough to honestly reap his rewards but the rest of us are that much better off for his vivid imagination. Can you imagine a world without Winnie the Pooh? I can’t.
How to celebrate – Read Winnie the Pooh with someone you love. Dress up like one of the characters from Pooh. Study Milne and all his works.
When A. A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh in 1926 I wonder if he knew the lasting effects it would have on society. Winnie, along with Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Roo have entered the hearts of so many that they will probably never be forgotten.
Milne’s illustrator, E. H. Shepard, did the art for all of Milne’s series on Pooh. The images have changed slightly over the years but not by all that much. The idea that they could exist practically the same after nearly a hundred years is amazing. It shows that down deep, we are not all that different from people who are now our grandparents and great grandparents.
Allan Alexander Milne’s birthday was January 18th, 1882 making the selection of January 18th the natural day to celebrate Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin was Milne’s son in real life, and Winnie was a teddy bear favorite of his son’s. Milne served in World War 1 with the British Army and as a Captain of the Home Guard during World War 2.
Of course Winnie is currently owned by Disney, who-else. However the stories remain the same and the characters basically unchanged. I do wonder if Pooh had not been purchased by Disney if it might have long been forgotten. And unlike the Grimms fairytales Pooh’s Aventures were never intended to frighten children or give them nightmares.
There is so much right about Winnie the Pooh and the positive effect it has on children it is hard to argue its value. A story about best friends tends to help create best friends. We all could do with a little more of that.
How to celebrate – Share a Winnie the Pooh story with a child. Thumb through one of Milne’s books to rekindle your own memories. Visit Winnie at one of the many Disney parks.