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Pooh and the Art of Living & Loving 2- A Friend in Need

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

In which the reader seeks the story so far...

Pooh wakes up in hundred acre wood only to discover he has forgotten who he is…

Hold on there , why am I telling the tale again? You already know what happened. Thank you for reading the story so far and all your nice comments.

If you havent, lazyfingers, all it takes is a single click to read what happened previously. So please go ahead and click.

As you well know, if you don’t know what happened before it is hard to know what is happening now. And if you don’t know what’s happening now it is hard to be ready for what will come next.

For you see, as a wise man once said, the past is history, the future is a mystery, but today – today is a gift, that is why it is called a 'present'.


Some raindrops rush straight to the ground, but some love to ride on the leaves first and fall leisurely when the rush is over...

Some raindrops rush straight to the ground, but some love to ride on the leaves first and fall leisurely when the rush is over...

In Which Pooh meets a Friend


The rain had stopped as Pooh clambered down the tree with some difficulty. The honey was still sloshing around in his tummy from his recent repast. The air was damp and the smell of wet earth and foliage surrounded Pooh. The sky was still grey like Eeyore’s coat. There was a plippety plop of droplets trickling down the leaves and landing on the branches and the leaf covered ground. Some raindrops rush straight to the ground, but others love to ride the leaves first and then fall leisurely after all the rush is gone.

Pooh felt a drop hit his warm nose and he jumped.

He was tense with anticipation for he had heard the name ‘Pooh’ come from someone nearby. It created a stir of recognition in his woozy head.

‘Could this be my name?’ he thought as he trundled down the path. The remnant of the song he sang before came floating in.


Who am I?

(Is it just my name)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)


A rat-tat- a-tat sound stopped him in his tracks. He peered across to his front door. He saw Piglet jumping up and down to reach the door knocker. Pooh knew this was Piglet and that he was his best friend. It was odd like that. He remembered very much all the details of hundred acre wood and its inhabitants but couldn’t quite remember who he was.

Not knowing who he was left an empty space in his head. Like the inside of a pot when the hunny ran out.

Not knowing who he was left an empty space in his head. Like the inside of a pot when the hunny ran out.

In which Pooh can't hold two thoughts in his little brain...


“Pooh. Are you in?” shouted Piglet. Even when he shouted Piglet’s voice came out soft and gentle. As Pooh knew this was his house, he realised his name must be Pooh. Although there he stood, a little wet but content, not fully knowing who he was still left an empty space in his head. Like the inside of a pot when the hunny ran out. But the name helped. Briefly.

He was about to call out to Piglet when something caught his eye. It was a board above his door. It was damp and waterlogged but there was no mistaking what it said. It said 'Mr Sanders’.

Pooh hadn’t noticed this when he came out of his house before.

Now it confused him. He put a paw under his chin and scratched. But instead of wondering about his name, the silly bear wondered why he scratched his chin in these circumstances.

You see, when you are a bear of very little brain, you couldn’t always hold two things at once inside. So Pooh went with this new thought and a song popped into his head.

It is funny how when you can't hold an extra thought in your head, there is always room for a song.



Why do we scratch our chinny chin chin

Why do we scratch our chinny chin chin

...but Can Hold a Song.

‘Why do we scratch our chin chinny chin

When a slippery thought just fails to come in


We wrinkle the nose and stand in a pose

Does it help, does it help, is there anyone who knows

We cup our chin and we raise our brows

We may wiggle our nose like a curious mouse


Scratching the head may help our brain

When its damp and soggy with all this rain

Scratching our chin oh what does it gain

Is there someone out there who can explain



When a slippery thought just fails to come in

Why do we scratch our chin chinny chin’


In which Piglet lends a hand...


Pooh hummed the song out loud, and found he was also doing the actions at the same time. He scratched his chin, wrinkled his nose, struck a pose, cupped his chin, raised his brows and wriggled his nose too when Piglet’s voice interrupted his song.

“Ah there you are, Pooh. And what are you doing?”

“Hello there, Piglet. I am so glad to see you”

Piglet came closer and held Pooh’s hand. Pooh felt better immediately. It’s amazing how a single hand of a friend can calm things down so quickly.

“Piglet, I have a problem.”

“ Do tell me, Pooh, but first lets go and sit down. I have been jumping up and down and my little legs hurt”

They both walked up to a log that looked comfortable. It was a bit damp and there was some sticky moss all over it, but the friends didn’t mind. It was a good log that has helped in many such deliberations.

“Oh bother. I wish I could explain better.” sighed Pooh.

“You tell me what it is and we’ll explain together. That’s what friends are for.”


It was a good log that has helped in many such deliberations.

It was a good log that has helped in many such deliberations.

In which a problem is shared...


Pooh told Piglet how he woke up that morning and passed the mirror and… well you know the story.

Piglet scratched his head. Pooh thought this was a good sign.

“Well, I can tell you that you are Pooh bear”

“Is that my name?”

“Well not your full name. Christopher Robin calls you Winnie-ther-Pooh

Winnie? But I am sure I am a boy. I know it is not usual to call boys Winnie”

“Christopher Robin says that’s why you have a ‘ther’ in the middle and that’s all the explanation you will get.”



Pooh crossed his arms and tilted his head to one side. He may be a bear of little brain but he knew there was something amiss.

“Then tell me Piglet. Why does my house have a plaque that says ‘Mr Sanders’. Am I Winnie-ther-Pooh-Sanders?”

Piglet blinked five times.

If you had cared to read what happened before you would now know that it has been said you blink once for clarity, twice for purity, three times for sanity and four times for curiosity.

Apparently five times, in itself a rarity, is how much you blink for a calamity.


Who is Mr Sanders?

Who is Mr Sanders?

In which the friends go in search of answers


“Oh!” said Piglet. “I used to wonder that myself. I can tell you for sure that you are Winnie- ther-Pooh, my bestest friend. You are cuddly, you like honey and playing Pooh-sticks. I can also tell you that we have been living in hundred acre wood with our friends for some time. However, I really have no idea who Mr Sanders is. I don’t think it is you, Pooh. I think you have just been living under that name”

“Now why would I live under that name if it is not my own?" Pooh looked unhappy and be..bef.. befuddled.

This made Piglet sad. He had hoped sitting down on the damp but comfortable log, sharing his friends concerns and talking would have made Pooh happy. He briefly wondered if this was just a passing thought and whether Pooh would get distracted with some honey.

The sun was trying to peep through the fluffy clouds and the leaves glistened as if decorated with jewels. Piglet looked down and noticed a few clean spots on his arms where the raindrops had fallen. He shuddered thinking about the last time his friends tried to bath him. It was a long time ago but the shock still remained. He wrapped his scarf around tighter on his neck as a gentle but cold breeze blew over. The friends stayed quiet for some time.

"Who, Piglet, do you think is the best one to ask?” Pooh's voice shook Piglet from his reverie.

Piglet had no hesitation. “I think we need Owl. He has always got answers. Sometimes he has got answers to questions we don’t even ask. And he knows how to spell Tuesday.”

Pooh nodded solemnly. “Lets go and find Owl. I can’t carry on not knowing who I am, for sure.”

Piglet patted Pooh's hand."That's a good start. Sometimes knowing what you don't know is a good thing. It's funny how some people try to know things without doing that first."

The two friends stood up and walked down the path. They had a bit of moss on their bottoms but a lot of hope in their hearts.

And where there's hope, there's always a song.



So the two friends stood up and walked down the path. They had a bit of moss on their bottom but a lot of hope in their hearts.

So the two friends stood up and walked down the path. They had a bit of moss on their bottom but a lot of hope in their hearts.

The Real Hundred Acre Wood

Who am I?

(Is it where I am)

Who am I?

(Is it what I like?)

Who am I?

(Is it who I know?)

Who am I?

(Is it how I look?)

Who am I?

(Is it what I am called?)”

Who am I?

( Is it where I live?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)

Who am I?

(Will I ever know?)



To be continued..... in Chapter 3

(All the illustrations were drawn and painted on the iPad 'Paper' app using my finger - influenced by the original illustrations by EH Shepard)

Pooh created by A A Milne

originally illustrated by EH Shepard

This story by Mohan Kumar

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Comments

Madeleine Salin from Finland on September 11, 2012:

You are very talented. I'll keep reading. I want to find out how the story continues. :)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 21, 2012:

xstatic and Kathy- I have to say again how great it is is you find my writing worthy enough to straddle and read several hubs together. Thank you both so much!

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on August 20, 2012:

Sweet as it can be...friends...and wondering about life. Very compelling..there are nice messages underneath this sweet demeanor...and I'm off to #3! All ups!

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on August 20, 2012:

I got behind on these wonderful stories, so will catch up, as soon as I can remember where to start. Great stories and illustrations too!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 16, 2012:

Martie: thank you so much. I am amazed I ma actually writing a Pooh story worthy of such readership and even more amazed that you like the words that tumble out of my cavernous mind!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 24, 2012:

Hi Docmo, I just love Pooh's song!

Piglet really is just the best friend anyone could have - a fabulous story and the pictures amazing!

Voted up.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 24, 2012:

Striking 1: "It is funny how when you can't hold an extra thought in your head, there is always room for a song."

Striking 2: Piglet patted Pooh's hand."That's a good start. Sometimes knowing what you don't know is a good thing. It's funny how some people try to know things without doing that first."

Docmo, I really enjoyed this story of Pooh - A Friend in Need - and voted it up across the board.

On to # 3 (as you can see I am catching up) :)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 23, 2012:

Thank you. What more can a storyteller ask for. I wanted to retain the innocence while talking to adults about some home truths, Don't set out to preach but I like the way stories tell us so much and so well. I'm glad you found mine 'fantasmical'. Love that word- may use it in the next Pooh adventure. Thank you so much Amy- Its good to see you here.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 23, 2012:

mperrottet : appreciate your visit!

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on July 23, 2012:

I get so engrossed in the characters and storyline, I, with a wee brain, want to jump in and defend sweet Pooh's small brain, as his heart is so big. I love Pooh, not just because he's cute and cuddly, but for the absolute lovable tenderness in the meaning of this story. Despite the childlike innocence, you so perfectly portray, Docmo, there is profound depth in a tale that inspires adults in the true meaning of the best moments in life. Fantasmical in every way!

Margaret Perrottet from San Antonio, FL on July 23, 2012:

How will this wonderful adventure end? My eyes just blinked four times - on to the next installment!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 01, 2012:

raciniwa- much appreciated. thanks for your visit and comment.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 01, 2012:

Janine - thank you for reading, pinning and sharing. I'm delighted you love Pooh stories and this little whimsy caught your fancy. Much appreciated.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 01, 2012:

Mary- I am not sure where the comment disappeared off to, maybe the heffalumps stole it away! But if it means you coming back to read it one more and write one of your great comments again, I don't mind at all. :-)

raciniwa from Talisay City, Cebu on July 01, 2012:

this is awesome docmo...a genuine talent and a rarity not calamity these days...

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on June 30, 2012:

This story and the pics you drew are amazing. I am pinning this so that I can read to my girls over and over. They love Winnie the Pooh and I am sure will love this too. Thank you so much. Have also voted this up and shared!!!

Mary Craig from New York on June 30, 2012:

I now officially know I'm losing my mind. I could have sworn I left a comment here when I first read it and yet I don't see a comment from me. Perhaps I need to go and talk to Owl and see if he can help find my comment?

This is brilliant, just like the first part. You really should be contacting whoever is in charge of Winnie the Pooh and Milne's works to write another book in his honor. Your writing is superb and your drawing incredible!

Voted all the way across...grand slam and shared with my followers.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 29, 2012:

Thanks- strange that you mentioned Tao of Pooh 'cause that was my inspiration. That and the fact my kids love Pooh stories so I though I'll make up a new one for them. Appreciate your visit.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 29, 2012:

Absolutely fabulous drawings - and with the iPad - wow! This whole hub reminds me of the Tao of Pooh. It also reminds me of how I used to love reading Pooh stories when I was a kid. Not only that, it's such a message for all of us? Who are we? Well, really, we need not worry and just enjoy friends and the ride of life. Well done!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

India, thank you so much. Super big Hubhugs right back. I am really pleased you like this.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

suzette- thanks for your appreciation. He is Winnie-the-Pooh - AA Milne played games and if you remember some of the stories the 'Winnie-ther-Pooh' is an inside joke.

I am so delighted you like this. I am grinning widely at your fab comment. Thank you again!

India Arnold from Northern, California on June 20, 2012:

Mohan! I am in awe of your artwork to begin with. But, your story telling and the magic of Poo has me surely captivated in my own honey jar of Docmo Hubs! I am heading out to catch up on the first one; what a simply delightful thing you have shared with us!

Super big HubHugs~

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 18, 2012:

Oh, Docmo, please continue on with the tale. I love Winnie ther Pooh ( I always thought it was Winnie the Pooh -- but what do I know?) You are so creative and your illustrations are just wonderful! You have Milne's writing style down pat - I cant' believe how good this is - you would think it was an original Winnie the Pooh story from Milne. I can't believe your talent. I agree with Nell - your are a brilliant genius!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 17, 2012:

Thanks Nell- I always loved Pooh and thought it would be nice to bring him back for a bit of existential crisis!

Nell Rose from England on June 17, 2012:

Hi, Mohan, this is genius! I quickly went back to read the first one, and caught up. I loved it, and those pictures were brilliant! lol! certainly cheered me up with a great big smile, loved it!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Ruby, how did you know. I'm half way through a children's book. Its hard to juggle work, family and writing but I love em all! Thank you.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Maria, you and me both. Love bear hugs I mean. I'm glad you liked the song. I'm so darn proud of it. And thanks for the vote. I'm honored.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

kj, thanks for sharing. Its amazing how we keep those treasured mementos and value them so much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Nithya, thanks for your support and awesomeness. Much appreciate your visit and comments.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Dana, its amazing how stories bring back memories, especially one of childhood friends. So which one were you? thank you, m'dear.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

becky- please don't spoil the surprise! lol.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

drbj,

Pooh has Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger

With every compliment my head gets bigger

Piglet has Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore

With friends like you, I wanna do more.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

shining, my friend, I do appreciate your support. Its an honor to be able to please Pooh fans.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Rika, I agree. I am so blessed that the creativity is valued and appreciated here. Thank you so much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Christy, you had me at 'Wow'. thank you so much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Christy, you had me at 'Wow'. thank you so much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Gypsy, I'm grateful. thank you very much. After all these votes I do intend to continue. Lets hope I can sustain the whimsy.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

lovedoctor ( what a cool name- I so wish I was the love doctor!) thank you for your visit and compliments!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

ytsenoh- thank you so much!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Daisy, what does a boy to do when there is so much support and appreciation. He continues to write and strives to be good. Thank you, m'dear.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Becky- thank you for your visit and appreciation. I've got to thank you for your visit and support.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Billy - thank you sir. The Duel becomes a Duet. You are very kind.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:

Ian, it gives me great pleasure to write something that is appreciated by someone who adores Pooh and to get such great compliments too. I am happy that you enjoyed it, as I was nervous if I could continue the whimsy and carry it off. Thanks for validating my faith in my storytelling, my friend. Greatly appreciated.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 15, 2012:

As i was reading, the song, ' That's what friends are for ' was in my head. I adore this. You are multitalented. You should be writing children's books, maybe you are? Please continue with the story. Pooh is so sweet, you make his adventures fun and lovable...

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 15, 2012:

Doc,

LOVE LOVE that Friendship song... "corny as charged"! And I love bear hugs!

This is getting the distinct feel of a "huggie bear" soapie... just sayin' as one of your new groupies... and I clearly voted for you to CONTINUE 'forever and a day...' , along with UP & across the board!

What a delightful series, Doc!

kjforce from Florida on June 14, 2012:

Docmo..enjoyed the story...we still have our Pooh, Eyeore , Piglet, Rabbit, and Tigger..they are 50 years old and now sit on my G-daughters bed, much loved as always...thanks for sharing..voted up

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 14, 2012:

Great hub. Awesome. A true friend can always make thing better and bring out the sunshine.

Dana Strang from Ohio on June 14, 2012:

Again, this is adorable. I am so glad you introduced Piglet! My favorite part is the illustration of Pooh and Piglet with moss on their bottoms! And the caption underneath. Everything is better when you are accompanied by a good friend!

Your stories have reminded me of a group of guys I was friends with years back. They reminded me of Pooh and his friends. There was Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Tigger.... Thanks for reminding me of them.

Looking forward to your next one!!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on June 14, 2012:

According to the definitive website on Winnie-ther-Pooh the previous occupant was Mr. Sanders. Hope this helps you all. http://www.lavasurfer.com/pooh-faq2.html

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 14, 2012:

Hi, Docmo. Pooh has Piglet, and Piglet has Pooh.

When you're in a dilemma friends pull you through.

So far, my friend, it's not difficult to follow you.

But the Mr. Sanders sign??? I haven't a clue!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on June 14, 2012:

You always take me back to my happy childhood with my loveable Pooh. Such creative writing, whimsical feelings while leaving important lessons along the way.

I so enjoyed this and I thank you. You are a friend, indeed.

Rika Susan from South Africa on June 14, 2012:

Creativity is an exquisite thing, Docmo! How wonderful! Something sweet to savour...until next time.

Rika

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 14, 2012:

This hub is so well crafted and the story very well done. Wow. A vote up and share too, thumbs up!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 14, 2012:

Voted up. Your a great story teller. I've always loved Pooh and Piglet and all the gang in the woods. When I've got the time I keep watching the Pooh cartoons on YouTube. Can't wait for the continuation. Sure hope Pooh regains his memory. Love your illustrations.

lovedoctor926 on June 13, 2012:

This was so sweet! I always enjoyed the tales of Pooh and Piglet. vote up awesome! loved it.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on June 13, 2012:

So wonderful and good! I have always, always loved Pooh because of the messages they render and lessons you find. Voting up. Thank you!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on June 13, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

My polymath friend, your talent and creativity knows no bounds.

Just in the field of writing alone, your poetry is exquisite, your pastiche of Sherlock Holmes is the best I've ever read, and your pastiche of Winnie-ther-Pooh is something Milne would be proud to call his own.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on June 13, 2012:

This is a wonderful little story. I love Winnie-ther-Pooh and it is so good to see a new story about him. I know Ian agrees. Hi, my dear old coot. Please, finish the tale of his amnesia before you stop.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 13, 2012:

This is exquisite creativity. I bow to your talents, which are many. Well done my friend!

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 13, 2012:

Mohan, you are a man of many talents. A man of many voices. You can write with elegance and with eloquence, and here you write with whimsy, but so, so much in the style of A.A Milne.

A true Pooh lover knows that he is Winnie-ther-Pooh and that he lived under the name of Sanders.

I liked it very much and of course, continue the series.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 13, 2012:

I did, very much so! :) I even voted in your poll. :)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 13, 2012:

Ha Ha. That too. thanks. My creativity (?) is fuelled by cabernet savignon. Hope you enjoyed this.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 13, 2012:

For a moment, I thought it said "All the illustrations were drawn and painted on the iPad 'Paper' app using my finger - heavily influenced by wine I had with dinner." :) Loved it! Voted YUP. :)

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