Now that I am done with my taxes (long sigh of relief) I am going to spend some quality time with my kids. It is still early in the morning and because everyone is on winter break, I am letting my kids watch a little TV while eating their breakfast. I can hear their munch, munch on cereal while I am typing this post.
From where I sit, I can hear Winnie the Pooh laughing and Tigger bouncing across the screen. Oh, it brings back wonderful childhood memories when I used to watch those loveable creatures. Back then, I counted them as my friends. Their magical forest, The Hundred Acre Wood, followed me whenever I went into my own woods that surrounded my home. I wanted to squeeze Pooh, play with Tigger, tell Rabbit to “chill out”, and just love Eeyore’s sadness away.
They seemed a happy lot, on the most part, and I wanted to be part of their fun. All grown up now, I’ve learned that things are not always what they seem. Happy little families, like mine, fall apart. I don’t believe that anyone “is normal” and “has it all together”. There is conflict, mental dysfunctions and secrets in the most “perfect” of families. As I look back, even the Hundred Acre Wood had its problems.
The Canadian Medical Association did a study on Winnie the Pooh and his pals and came up with some interesting findings. They found that the world of Pooh hid undiagnosed neurodevelopmental and psychosocial problems. On the surface it may seem innocent and even fun, but Christopher Robin and his friends are seriously troubled.Many of the characters’ problems are categorized in the DSM IV, showing a darker side to our favorite childhood friends.
Pooh, for example is diagnosed with:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Significant impulsivity, aggravated by an obsessive fixation on honey
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A very little brain (due possibly to being dragged downstairs as a young one, bumping his head) Can this be abuse?
Then there is Piglet who has:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Eeyore obviously has:
Chronic Dysthymia Depression
Roo suffers from:
Growing up in a single parent home
Tigger acts out with:
Risk taking behaviors
Impulsively sampling unknown substances
Being socially intrusive
Being a bad role model
Christopher Robin has an:
Absence of parental role
Talks to animals
Difficulty with academics
Rabbit is of course:
Looking at all those shortcomings I feel that my family isn’t quite so bad. We are all dysfunctional beings. I am so lucky to have healthy, happy children. Researching these findings, I have to chuckle to myself. I wonder what disorders others would diagnose our happy family with?
Till I get slapped with that label, I will be naïvely content. I still love my Pooh friends. They teach kindness, the importance of friendship and to never give up when facing hardships. I am actually glad that there is dysfunction in the Hundred Acre Wood, because then the characters become more real to me. They face problems too. They are loveable despite living with emotional issues. They, mostly, see life with a positive outlook. I could learn a bit of something from them.
I am going to go hug my kids. Maybe we’ll take a walk and play Pooh Sticks later.