My boys don’t like much more than an impromptu declaration that they get to stay up late, watch a movie and have popcorn. We get into jammies and pull out the air popper, which makes for a better experience than the movie theater (well, at least a much cleaner experience.).
Last week, we got to screen The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the soon to be released special edition from Disney. It will be available August 27th, for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital!
My boys know who Winnie the Pooh is, but not like I did as a child. Cooper, at about age 2, snuck into some woman’s room at my husband’s grandfather’s assisted living home and took a stuffed Winnie the Pooh. The lady said he could have it and, to this day, it is in his little collection of stuffed lovies.
The Hundred Acre woods brings me right back to childhood, to fond memories of friendship and adventure. I know I grew up thinking Winnie the Pooh was the most loving and compassionate friend there was. I never did understand why Eeyore was always so gloomy. Why did all of his friends want to hang out with him and try to help him when he acted like that? What I realize now, is that Eeyore is a bit of a life lesson. There are always people who have had a few hard knocks, who are having a hard time getting out of a rut. The beauty of a true friendship is that it lasts through the good and the bad times.
I remember the friends I had when I was young. I remember the best friend necklaces, the sleepovers and the need to hang out constantly. I remember trusting someone outside my family. Telling secrets. Making promises. Memories that last forever and making friendships that I still have, even to this day.
At the age of 5, I’m already seeing the friendships that Cooper has. There are certain kids he asks to hang out with and it’s obvious that even at a young age, he is seeing the value in a good friend. Having moved all over the country, I find it so important to value the friendships I have and to work to keep them strong. I hope to be able to teach the same things to my children!
Winnie the Pooh is such a great example of that true, faithful friend. My boys enjoyed watching the movie and I’m sure it will be a regular around here. Grab the movie before school starts this year and help your kids learn the meaning of a great friendship while also experiencing the adventure and imagination of the Hundred Acre woods!
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