If you are eating or about to eat, maybe skip this post today
and if curious, come on back later, please!
My friend and coworker, Linda, sat with us today at lunch. We
rarely have the chance to talk to her since she left our bins
order filling area to become part of the ‘Cycle Count’ area.
She is a pleasant, Kentucky-born woman who I have enjoyed
intermittent conversations with, over almost six years of
working at Advance Auto D.C. #23.
Linda had a ‘cross’ face on, while approaching our table, and
I wondered what had caused this upset in her day. She right
away launched into a discussion, aiming her comments at me!
“Robin, I swear! I could have killed my little grandchildren
last night! I went over at 6 p.m. to watch them, while their
parents went out for a business dinner.”
So far, that didn’t seem at all disturbing… I looked at her
and smiled, saying,
“Linda, I am going to be watching my M & M girls from 2 p.m.
on Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday, I got you ‘beat!'”
She looked at me, like I was crazy! Linda then admonished me,
“I am not complaining about going over there and watching the
kids!” She said this a little louder than our ‘usual’ lunch
conversational level. Melvin looked over, from his table of
sports guys, Chuck and Corey sitting there, shaking their
heads at me.
“Okay, Linda, what upset you while babysitting the kids,
you used the word, ‘kill’ in a sentence with precious
Lindsey and Claire, implying they annoyed you.”
Then, Linda took a deep breath and we all sunk our teeth
into another bite of our food. Tammy and Karen were eating
‘machine’ food. This is food dispensed out of the machines.
I took a bite out of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Then, since a lightbulb went on in my head, I asked,
“Linda, why did you address your outrage at the grandkids
to specifically me?”
She smiled and said, “Since you are one to be able to
answer this question. Why does ‘Winnie the Pooh’ have his
I actually did not have a clue, love Winnie the Pooh, have
shared memories of my Dad reading the book, “The House at
Pooh Corner,” to me from my early childhood. And the cute
page boy haircut allowed my Dad to insert the simple name
of “Robin” instead of “Christopher Robin,” and for years
I thought little Robin was a girl!
“Start from the beginning, please!” I exclaimed.
“Well, I took my cardboard “Classic Pooh” book over to
my son and daughter in law’s house, having never read it
to my granddaughters. I found it and was so glad that
the two year old and three year old won’t be able to
rip it. I cannot wait to read the longer, older book
that has chapters in it, to them!”
I showed them the book, read the title of the story,
“Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons,” and guess
what those little urchins did? They rolled around and
laughed, ridiculously torrents of sniggers, finally
a rollicking giggling ‘fit’ started!”
We all looked puzzled. Questions were flowing across
the lunch table. But we just stared at her. We waited,
since she seemed very peeved at those adorable children!
Linda finally explained, “They had apparently never heard
of Winnie the Pooh, thought the word used was, ‘poo.’
Their mother, my daughter in law, (Linda was using a rather
annoyed tone with this comment) taught them about ‘dog poo’
and when Claire was born, taught Lindsey to call her dirty
diapers, since she was still little herself (they are only
18 months apart) to call her diaper a ‘poo-ey’ diaper.
In fact she even taught her the initials, ‘P.U.!!'”
We all then started laughing! We could see how this would
happen, but wondered aloud, “Why didn’t my kids think this
way, when I first read this to them?”
The only thing we could come up with was that maybe they
didn’t think of ‘poo’ as ‘poop’ in most of our households.
So, then, Melvin had to interject a much grosser use of
the word, ‘poop.’ He said to our astonishment,
“Did you hear that Arnold Palmer couldn’t hold his bowel
movement until he reached a bathroom and he pooped on a
Supposedly, this was on the sporting news and had even
‘hit’ the radio sports channel today. Chuck said he also
had heard it and added this line,
“Arnold’s caddy tried to deny it and sounded kind of snotty,
to another person who asked, ‘Is this poop one of Arnold’s?’
and the caddy answered, ‘No, of course not. Arnold would
never do such a thing…'”
We all thought this was really strange and weird.
Then Melvin piped up with his solution to the problem,
using his keen Army honorably discharged and combat-trained
mind to come up with this one:
“I think I’ll invent a rolling Port-A-Pot, so that caddies
can bring their golfers they work for, an instant place to
sit and take a ‘sh__!'”
Linda got up, disgusted and said,
“Melvin, I was talking about children and needed Robin to go
find out ‘why in the world would A.A. Milne name the teddy
bear, ‘Winnie the Pooh?’ in the first place!”
I somehow switched the subject to how my youngest daughter
has a very active ‘gag reflex’ while changing dirty diapers.
She went so far, when my little (now 5) Micah was born, asking
his older brother, Skyler to get a clothespin out of Nana’s
art supplies’ box.
Chuck leaned over and asked me to find out how the skunk
in the cartoons, Pepe le Pew’s name came about. Was it a
‘slam’ against the French? His complete name is Charles and
has some French Canadian blood in him.
Then, Tammy told me to come back tomorrow with the answer
about why the bear is called, “Pooh.”
Tammy left and Karen and I were left, pondering and then,
Karen uttered that funny little Pooh quote, “Bother!”
We started chuckling about how Melvin had grossed Linda
out and how we never have a dull moment at work!
Here is a little history and background information about
the subject of Winnie the Pooh and his answer about why
the bear has its name. The stuffed animal menagerie of
Christopher Robin included Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Kanga,
baby Roo, Eeyore, Piglet and Owl. Disney added “Gopher.”
Here is a list of dates of A.A. Milne’s books:
1. “When We Were Young,” published in 1924. This book
includes poems written for young children. It includes one
about a teddy bear, named Winnie the Pooh.
2. “Winnie the Pooh,” published in 1926. This book has two
vague sentences that refer to the bear’s name.
3. “Now We Are Six,” published in 1927. It includes a nice
compilation of poetry for young listeners.
4. “The House at Pooh Corner,” published in 1928. This is
the one book that I still have from my early childhood,
from which my Dad read to us from. I have all the books
that are here, along with a great little collection that
the gas company of BP published. I collected two sets of
these and have two hard cardboard books that have snippets
of the poetry and stories. One is a Disney production book.
Are you ready for Linda’s answer? I had to write this down,
not only to type it into my blog post, but she will get the
handwritten one tomorrow, (TGIF!)
In the first chapter of “Winnie the Pooh,” there is a somewhat
explanation why A.A. Milne’s son, (Christopher Robin Milne)
had a bear named Edward. This became known later as “Pooh,”
because of this offhand comment:
“But his (the bear’s) arms were so stiff… they stayed up
straight in the air for more than a week, and whenever a
fly came and settled on his nose he had to blow it off.
And I think– but am not sure, that that is why he is
always called Pooh.”
Now, let me tell you, I didn’t think this was very clear,
not one bit! I bet Linda will not believe this is the
only explanation that A.A. Milne includes in his books.
All I can say is, we have to believe this is how it went.
I could hear the bear blow a puff of breath out, “pooh!”