Now one autumn morning when the wind had blown all the leaves off the trees in the night, and was trying to blow the branches off, Pooh and Piglet were sitting in the Thoughtful Spot and wondering.
“What I think,” said Pooh, “is I think we’ll go to Pooh Corner and see Eeyore, because perhaps his house has been blown down, and perhaps he’d like us to build it again.”
“What I think,” said Piglet, “is I think we’ll go and see Christopher Robin, only he won’t be there, so we can’t.”
“Let’s go and see everybody,” said Pooh, “Because when you’ve been walking in the wind for miles, and you suddenly go into somebody’s house , and he says, “Hallo, Pooh, you’re just in time for a little smackerel of something,’ and you are, then it’s what I call a Friendly Day.”
Chapter VIII IN WHICH Piglet Does a Very Grand Thing The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
As I walked towards Hanna on Friday morning and greeted Evan’s mom as she was putting baby Phoebe into her car seat, she described the cool, breezy weather as a “Winnie-the-Pooh” day. That thought stuck with me all day as the children seemed super-charged by the wind. They ran up and down from the lower playground to the Garden Classroom, and around the climber, reminiscent of the Indianapolis 500. The highlight of the day for me was seeing the children in the 5 Day program flying their “kites” from the highest reaches of the climber. The look of joy on their faces as their papers punched with a hole and tied to a string actually gaining height because of the wind was contagious. I felt their exhilaration!
So, it was only natural that I pulled out my beloved copies of A.A. Milne when I got home and researched what Winnie-the Pooh had to say about a windy, blustery day. The fact that a windy day inspired Pooh to seek out his friend, Eeyore to inquire about the condition of his house in order to remedy the situation makes my memories of reading this sweet tale as a youngster more meaningful, especially because of the present condition of our own “neighbors” on the East Coast. And of course, I had to chuckle when it was revealed that Pooh is happily anticipating being warmly greeted and offered a “smackerel.” Who doesn’t want that?! Best of all, going out and calling on neighbors, inquiring about their welfare and perhaps being warmly greeted and being offered a goody, is what Pooh calls a “Friendly Day.”
While our bit of stormy weather was mild compared to what people experience in other parts of the country, it is good to be like Pooh and welcome the little storms with the possibilities of friendship, caring and a little hospitality. I think it is quite reasonable to say, that every day at Hanna Fenichel is a Friendly Day. I invite all of you to have your own Friendly Day! Go fly a kite, check out the welfare of a neighbor or share a tasty treat with a friend!