Once upon a time, very long ago, or maybe, like, last Thursday, Winnie the Pooh lived in a forest under the C.
("Was the forest in the ocean?" You ask, trying to work it out.
"Oh, no, I said it wrong. He lived under the "C", which was in a circle and hung over his door.
"Is this why you couldn't tell us this story until now?"
"Have you studied copyright law?" I ask, impressed.
"Winnie the Pooh has." You say.
"Then we can move right along.")
One day Winnie the Pooh was walking in the forest, and he came to an open place, and there was a big oak tree in the middle of the open place. At the top of the tree he heard a buzzing.
He was sure buzzing meant something. It meant an important animal, but he couldn't think which. So he decided to list all the animals: Aardvark, Alligator, Antelope, Anteater, Arithmetic, Armadillo.
That seemed like enough for the "A" animals. So he decided to start on the "B's"
"B's? Or bees." Pooh wondered.
Then he needed a think so bad that he had to sit on the ground and put his head in his paws.
"You can't buzz without bees." Winnie the Pooh thought significantly.
Then: "You can't be a bee without buzzing."
And after a while: "And if you're being a bee, besides buzzing, you make honey."
The thinking was going really good! So Pooh said:
"If you're making honey, some of it might be for me."
This made him get up and say "There really isn't any reason I can think of to make honey and not have any for me." So he climbed the tree.
He climbed and climbed and climbed and started singing a song, which you might know, but if you did know it you'll need to make a new tune for it now. Although you'd also have to do that if you didn't know the song. And never mind all that because I will now sing it for you with my own tune:
Isn't it a funny
How a bear likes honey,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
I wonder why he does?
But as long as this song was. And no matter how many times he sang it. He was still not at the top of the tree. So he climbed further, and further, and further. Which is when he thought of a new song.
It's really rather funny how if bears were bees,
They'd build their nests at the bottom of trees,
And if bees were alligators,
They'd use elevators,
But alligators, bees, or bears,
I'm tired of all these stairs.
He was tired of all the climbing, which may have affected his lyrics at this point. But he was almost there. If he just stood on this branch.
"Oh bother." Said Pooh in a hurt voice. Or maybe a preparing for hurt voice. And then he fell ten feet to the branch below him.
"Maybe I..." And he fell another ten feet to another branch and forgot what he was going to say. He'd almost thought of a new thing to say when he fell twenty feet and landed on a new branch.
He then fell onto another branch, but wasn't there long enough to say anything. Then another. Then another that he remembered slightly from on the way up, but that somehow didn't seem very important at that particular moment.
"It all comes from." He said, and fell through two branches and did two somersaults with a twist that would have been very nice if he meant to do it, and then landed in a gorse bush. "Liking honey so much." He concluded.
So he crawled out of the bush with prickles in his nose and found he still liked honey just as much as he ever did. So he started to think again.
And he thought of you.
("Me?" You ask, a little thrilled at having come into the story, which you forgot you were promised would happen while you were worrying about the bear falling down a tree.
"Yes, it was you."
Which is a lot to take in because you have found traditionally books are about other people, which was always okay, but maybe a little unfair that it was all the time.)
So Winnie the Pooh went round to your house, which was in another part of the woods, and behind a green door.
Once upon a time, a very long time ago now, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders.
("What does 'under the name' mean?" asked Christopher Robin.
"It means he had the name over the door in gold letters, and lived under it."
"Winnie-the-Pooh wasn't quite sure," said Christopher Robin.
"Now I am," said a growly voice.
"Then I will go on," said I.)
One day when he was out walking, he came to an open place in the middle of the forest, and in the middle of this place was a large oak-tree, and, from the top of the tree, there came a loud buzzing-noise.
Winnie-the-Pooh sat down at the foot of the tree, put his head between his paws and began to think.
First of all he said to himself: "That buzzing-noise means something. You don't get a buzzing-noise like that, just buzzing and buzzing, without its meaning something. If there's a buzzing-noise, somebody's making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you're a bee."
Then he thought another long time, and said: "And the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey."
And then he got up, and said: "And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it." So he began to climb the tree.
He climbed and he climbed and he climbed, and as he climbed he sang a little song to himself. It went like this:
Then he climbed a little further ... and a little further ... and then just a little further. By that time he had thought of another song.
He was getting rather tired by this time, so that is why he sang a Complaining Song. He was nearly there now, and if he just stood on that branch ...
"Oh, help!" said Pooh, as he dropped ten feet on the branch below him.
"If only I hadn't——" he said, as he bounced twenty feet on to the next branch.
"You see, what I meant to do," he explained, as he turned head-over-heels, and crashed on to another branch thirty feet below, "what I meant to do——"
"Of course, it was rather——" he admitted, as he slithered very quickly through the next six branches.
"It all comes, I suppose," he decided, as he said good-bye to the last branch, spun round three times, and flew gracefully into a gorse-bush, "it all comes of liking honey so much. Oh, help!"
He crawled out of the gorse-bush, brushed the prickles from his nose, and began to think again. And the first person he thought of was Christopher Robin.
("Was that me?" said Christopher Robin in an awed voice, hardly daring to believe it.
"That was you."
Christopher Robin said nothing, but his eyes got larger and larger, and his face got pinker and pinker.)
So Winnie-the-Pooh went round to his friend Christopher Robin, who lived behind a green door in another part of the forest.
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