Read of the Day: “Christopher Robin Friend Requests the Residents of the Hundred Acre Woods”
5:28 pm, October 2nd | by Colette McIntyre
“At any rate,” Rabbit continued, “there I was just checking to see if it was someone’s birthday tomorrow or whether Sheila had posted another picture of her new baby, when I saw something most curious—a friend request from Christopher Robin!”
“Me too! I got one too! Right around that time. I know because it’s just when my tumbly gets grumbly for a little humbly—I mean ‘hunny,’ to be precise,” Pooh said.
And everyone responded that yes, they, too, had gotten a friend request from Christopher Robin around midnight the previous night.
“It seems odd,” Rabbit went on, “that Christopher Robin should go and leave us, go off to school, to college, and whatnot, and—well, God only knows what he’s up to now, it’s been so very long—and suddenly, out of the blue, many years later, look us up on Facebook.”
“W-w-w-w-w-we were his bestest friends,” Piglet replied.
“Yes, but that was ages and ages ago. I mean, what has it been? Fifteen years?” Rabbit said, looking for agreement from someone in the group, but no one knew quite how long it had been. “He hasn’t been around in all that time. He didn’t even call when Tigger tore his ACL and was in physical therapy for half a year—“
“That was not a wonderful thing about Tigger,” Tigger shook his head, remembering.
“—or when Kanga had her miscarriage—“
“Poor Kanga,” sighed Pooh, and they all agreed that Kanga’s miscarriage was a sad thing but that Kanga had handled it quite well and seemed to know just what to tell Roo and that, overall, the experience had the effect of bringing everyone together, which Owl always said was a most emportent thing.
“But,” Pooh began again, trying to sort out in his head just what he thought of the whole situation. “But—perhaps maybe he just misses us?”
“Of course he misses us,” Owl replied. “But an empty gesture such as this? Why it hardly makes up for all the years of neglect. It’s as my cousin Norbert always says—“ Owl always had a cousin thus-and-such who had done or said whatnot which was most often a very sensible thing to have done or said,“—‘friends are people who are there even when things are not so fun.’”
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