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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby LMG » 16 Nov 2008, 09:59

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby The Slider » 16 Nov 2008, 10:45

Minnie the Minx wrote:Funnily enough your sig line looks prophetic now. I wonder if you knew somewhere inside that he was not long for this side of the world.



Just to go back to this for a moment, it has always been my favourite piece of writing (it is the very last line of the last chapter of The House at Pooh Corner) and has never failed made me sob. But the allegory of Christopher Robin's leaving Pooh is so so poignant to me now that I feel I shall never again be able to read it.
So I leave it here.

AA Milne wrote:"A Knight?"
"Oh, was that it?" said Pooh. "i thought it was a -- Is it as Grand as a King and Factors
and all the other things you said?"
"Well, it's not as grand as a King," said Christopher Robin. "I'll make you one."
And he took a stick and touched Pooh on the shoulder, adn said, "Rise, Sir Pooh de Bear,
most faithfull of all my Knights."
So Pooh rose and sat down and said "Thank you," which is the proper thing to say when you
have been made a Knight, and he went into dream agian, in which he and Sir Pump and
Sir Brazil and Factors lived together with a horse, and where faithfull knights (all except Factors,
who looked after the horse) to Good King Christopher Robin...
and every now and then the shook his head, and said to himself, "I'm not getting it right."
Then he began to think of all the thing Christopher Robin would want to tell him whe he came
back from wherever he was going to, and how muddling it would be for a Bear of Very Litlle Brain
to try and get them right in his mind. "So, perhaps," he said sadly to himself, "Christopher
Robin won't tell me any more," and he wondered if being a Faithfull Knight meant that you just
went on being faithfull without being told things.
Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was still looking at the world with his chin in his hands,
called out "Pooh!"
"Yes?" said Pooh.
"When I'm -- when -- Pooh!"
"Yes, Christopher Robin?"
"I'm not going to do Nothing any more."
"Never again?"

"Well, not so much. They don't let you."
Pooh waited for him to go on, but he was silent again.
"Yes, Christopher Robin?" said Pooh helpfully.
"Pooh, when I'm --you know -- when I'm not doing Nothing,
will you come up here sometimes?
"Just me?"
"Yes, Pooh."
"Will you be here too?"
"Yes, Pooh, I will be really. I promise I will be, Pooh."
"That's good," said Pooh.
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when i'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
"Ninety-nine."
Pooh nodded.
"I promise," he said.


Still with his eyes on the world Christopher Robin put out a hand and felt for Pooh's Paw.
"Pooh," said Christopher Robin earnestly, "ifI -- if I'm not quite --"
he stopped and tried again -- "Pooh, whatever happens, you will understand,
won't you?"
"Understand what?"
"Oh, nothing. He laughed and jumped to his feet. "Come on!"
"Where?" said Pooh.
"Anywhere," said Christopher Robin.

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way,
in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Minnie Cheddars » 16 Nov 2008, 10:48

The difference being John - you didn't leave Pooh. Pooh had got tired and needed to leave you. No abandonment, no admonishment of responsibility, no moving on and growing up - Pooh had a yawn and said he had to get going. And you had a hug and said goodbye as off he trotted.

He knows you never let him down.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Hugh » 16 Nov 2008, 10:59

* :( *

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Bungo the Mungo » 16 Nov 2008, 11:01

Oh man. :cry:

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby The Slider » 16 Nov 2008, 11:36

Last Saturday, in response to the sad news about Greta, Ms Pillowz cat, The Slider wrote:I'm very sorry to hear this.
But maybe you can take some comfort from the fact that she didn't have a long and drawn-out illness.

My Bosco is starting the long decline and it isn't nice to watch.


Jesus - that was a short decline.

Mercifully so.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Martial Lawniz » 16 Nov 2008, 13:08

The mangy cur is now chewing on some other shoes.

Curious how Bosco took on the sort of persona that was far larger than his actual size. I don't know how many times I've thought of him in the past few years in spite of only ever meeting his sweet soft self once in real life. We have several tiny portraits of him around the house, done by the Hots, so he's never been far away.

Sorry about the pain, J & S, but as you know it will lighten and sweeten in time.

See ya later, Bosco.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Beebsy » 16 Nov 2008, 14:42

I am so sorry, John and Sam. I loved hearing all the wee stories about him - it did make him like our virtual pet.

Take care of yourselves.

Night night, wee man.

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Six String » 16 Nov 2008, 19:04

I'm sorry to hear of your loss John and Sam. It's tough losing a close companion like that. It sounds like you did the humane thing and a very brave thing too. I know that had to be hard. He'll live on in pictures and memories.

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Jude » 16 Nov 2008, 19:20

I'm so sorry guys. :cry:
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby McBastard » 16 Nov 2008, 21:07

Sorry to hear that, I know how you're feeling.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby toomanypillowz » 16 Nov 2008, 21:53

The Slider wrote:
Last Saturday, in response to the sad news about Greta, Ms Pillowz cat, The Slider wrote:I'm very sorry to hear this.
But maybe you can take some comfort from the fact that she didn't have a long and drawn-out illness.

My Bosco is starting the long decline and it isn't nice to watch.


Jesus - that was a short decline.

Mercifully so.


I am so sorry to hear about your doggie. :( You definitely did the right thing; sounds like the poor little guy was suffering greatly. I hope Bosco & Greta can hang out and be friends. xo
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Prez! » 16 Nov 2008, 21:58

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Same here.
Go easy, Bosco, mate.

John & Sam, you're very much in my thoughts.
I'd give you both a big hug if I was there.
A sad day.

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby La Denim » 16 Nov 2008, 22:02

The Smamfy wrote:
toomanypillowz wrote:Maybe Bosco and Greta can hang out now. xo


:)

I hope so.

I'm here in the flat by myself, and it's very strange, especially as round about now is "bedtime walky" time. I keep looking round for him, which I know is daft.


It's not daft. Big hug.

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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby toomanyhatz » 16 Nov 2008, 22:15

The Smamfy wrote:
toomanypillowz wrote:Maybe Bosco and Greta can hang out now. xo


:)

I hope so.

I'm here in the flat by myself, and it's very strange, especially as round about now is "bedtime walky" time. I keep looking round for him, which I know is daft.


Not at all. We still keep thinking we hear the little jingle of Greta's collar tag. She used to always run downstairs to greet us, and we didn't realize how instinctively we'd gotten used to it.

For such little things, they leave a pretty big hole. It'll take some time, but that's probably just as well.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby The Slider » 17 Nov 2008, 00:22

Indeed.
Thanks all. Your messages of support help to lighten my very very heavy heart.


I just got home from work for the first time to not find him curled up asleep at the foot of the bed.


:(
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby toomanypillowz » 17 Nov 2008, 03:08

The Smamfy wrote:
toomanypillowz wrote:Maybe Bosco and Greta can hang out now. xo


:)

I hope so.

I'm here in the flat by myself, and it's very strange, especially as round about now is "bedtime walky" time. I keep looking round for him, which I know is daft.


It's not daft at all. Whenever I get home from work, I still expect to see Greta bounding down the stairs to greet us (our other cat, Jack, can either take us or leave us when it comes to that. ;) )
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby toomanypillowz » 17 Nov 2008, 03:10

The Slider wrote:Indeed.
Thanks all. Your messages of support help to lighten my very very heavy heart.


I just got home from work for the first time to not find him curled up asleep at the foot of the bed.


:(


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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby James R » 17 Nov 2008, 03:42

toomanyhatz wrote:
The Smamfy wrote:
toomanypillowz wrote:Maybe Bosco and Greta can hang out now. xo


:)

I hope so.

I'm here in the flat by myself, and it's very strange, especially as round about now is "bedtime walky" time. I keep looking round for him, which I know is daft.


Not at all. We still keep thinking we hear the little jingle of Greta's collar tag. She used to always run downstairs to greet us, and we didn't realize how instinctively we'd gotten used to it.

For such little things, they leave a pretty big hole. It'll take some time, but that's probably just as well.


I remember not long after we lost our Maltese terrier, I was sitting at the table in the family room doing something there, had the back door open cos it was a fairly hot day, and from somewhere down the street a dog barked. And it sounded EXACTLY like ours had done. My blood froze, believe me.

We lost Fluffy nearly 15 years ago and I still miss her. Indeed, her absence has only become more palpable in recent months.
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Re: Hello, I must be going

Postby Doctor Jimmy » 19 Nov 2008, 14:53

God, this is so sad. I loved Bosco the minute I set eyes on him and I'll never forget how he kept staring at me because I was sitting on his couch. A great and strong personality in such a cute and small dog.

I'm truly sorry for you, John and Sam. I know how much Bosco means to you.