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Tell me if I'm reading too much into this


We have a huge book which contains all the Winnie the Pooh stories (I think there are two books together in this one). We were reading one story a night at bedtime and finally read the last one last night.

The last story is very sad. He never comes out and says exactly what is happening but Christopher Robin is going away and won't be around to play with everyone anymore. I was pretty confused for a bit wondering what was happening. I thought maybe he was moving away from the woods. So then he (CR) tells Pooh how his favorite thing in the world to do is "Nothing" and then goes on to say -

"When I'm - when - Pooh!"

"Yes, Christopher Robin?"

"I'm not going to do Nothing any more."

"Never again?"

"Well, not so much. They don't let you."

It was at that point I suddenly thought that CR is going to school. I teared up reading the rest to my dd because it was so dang sad what with all the "never forget me" stuff (well, it WAS late at night and I had a headache to boot :LOL ) She asked why CR was going away and I explained that he was going to school and would have to sit at a desk and "learn" and so he couldn't play with all his toys in the woods anymore. I told her we should change the ending so that CR was homeschooled so he could play all he wanted


Anyway, this morning I was thinking that he (Milne) was probably not talking about school exactly, but about growing up. But then, in some ways, school is connected to the idea of growing. The idea that kids are now old enough to sit at a desk and pay attention to the teacher for X hours a day because they are growing up. So yeah, in a way, homeschooling (at least the way I intend to do it) is not going to be such a harsh division between the world of "little kid" and "growing up".

Ok, I'm really rambling now :LOL Am I just reading too much into Winnie the Pooh here? Or was CR going off to join the Navy or something?
 

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Ok, this has turned into such a sad thread :LOL I was wondering if I was being too literal in thinking he was going off to school (or if I only thought that because I homeschool) but I see I'm not the only one thinking that way.

Meanwhile, my dd decided to just have me start again at the beginning. They do make nice bedtime stories
 
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