Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Sunday posts 2012/Teddy Bear

A bear however hard he tries
Grows tubby without exercise.
Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
Which is not to be wondered at;
He gets what exercise he can
By falling off the ottoman,
But generally seems to lack
The energy to clamber back.

Now tubbiness is just the thing
Which gets a fellow wondering;
And Teddy worried lots about
The fact that he was rather stout.
He thought: "If only I were thin!
But how does anyone begin?"
He thought: "It really isn't fair
To grudge me exercise and air."

For many weeks he pressed in vain
His nose against the window-pane,
And envied those who walked about
Reducing their unwanted stout.
None of the people he could see
"Is quite" (he said) "as fat as me!"
Then with a still more moving sigh,
"I mean" (he said) "as fat as I!"

A bear, however hard he tries,
Grows tubby without exercise.
Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
Which is not to be wondered at.
But do you think it worries him
To know that he is far from slim?
No, just the other way about -
He's proud of being short and stout.

A.A. Milne.
Photo from the amazing 'Little Handfuls' mini bears.


Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

Love it Alistair. I'm getting too sentimental in my old age.


Alistair said...

Well, well, well. Thanks very much. A bit unexpected but thanks anyway.

Let's put it down to you becoming a Grampa will we? lol.

Cheers TSB!

Anonymous said...

awww... such a beautiful thing. x

Alistair said...

Aye - it brought a great big smile and a warm fuzzy feeling to me when I read it again too.

Have a good weekend EP.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

You seem very sweet and soft for a Scotsman.

Jane said...

Aw, LOVE it! A ray of sunshine on another wise dreich Sunday morning!

Alistair said...

MikeWJ - Ha! I'll have to show this comment to my wife! Of course I AM very sweet and soft as are all Scotsmen. The rest is just a front......

{and if you believe THAT mate.....}

Jane - Cheers pal. Glad to brighten up a cold morning. Hope you've got your semmit on!

Bovey Belle said...

Love it Al (and the picture). I am about to go for a walk myself, to "reduce the unwanted stout"!

Jane said...

Haha - no semmit required, just a roaring fire and a visit from the grammar police.... This is not a clever dull day, it's 'an otherwise dreich' day!! said...

Ah... When We Very Young, my mother read us these poems at bedtime.

Alistair said...

BB - could do with the same m'self. Hope it went well.

Jane - :-D

Paula - Hope you remember fondly.....

DB Stewart said...

We Canadians love A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh.

Alistair said...

Ditto on that dbs.....

Rebecca S. said...

I have a friend who posts conversations between Pooh and Piglet on Facebook, and I thought your bear in the poem sounded familiar :) A.A. Milne - such a gem of a writer.

That little stuffed bear is sweet!

Rebecca S. said...

Yes we do!

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