Along with many people across the world, due to Covid-19 virus restrictions, I’m sheltering at home. One added component in my personal experience, is the fact that I recently underwent brain surgery. Although many unexpected complications arose during and after the surgery, gratefully I’m alive and fighting my way back from an emotional and physically traumatic experience.
It’s taken a couple of weeks for me to regain a sense of order and peace afterward, but I am eternally grateful to report I’m beginning to make progress. That in large part is due to being able to listen to soothing music (Mozart) and audiobooks. What I found difficult was making a selection on a book which might provide much needed company, and at the same time, peace of mind. Lucky for me, I chose Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne. What a delight! Over several decades, this novel has crossed my life many times and it’s always been enchanting. Both on and off the page, Winnie, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, and Owl are faithful friends who remind us how simple life can be even during the toughest of times. Their many adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods remind us we are never alone and reinforce the meaning of friendship. These days I think they are important footholds we can all benefit from.
It may take much more than a pot of honey for the world to regain a sense of normalcy, but remember, for every problem, there’s a solution and we will come to it! As for this struggling “bear of feeble brain ” in the Wisconsin Woods, whatever would we do without literature and music? I for one, am grateful. May God bless and keep you all.