Harry’s Gift

    The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 11 weeks old, Prince Louis, was christened in the last week, which I’m sure you will have heard about. Without a doubt, he would receive an abundance of gifts from all over the world, in all shapes and sizes, as well as price tags.

    However, there was one that to me no matter what anyone else gave him would be the best gift of all and that was the 1926 first edition of, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ by A.A. Milne gifted to him by his uncle, Prince Harry.

    Yes, this edition is said to have cost a mere eight-thousand pounds/ten thousand US dollars, not too much if you say it quickly. But let’s forget about the cost, it’s the sentiment in which this book was given. Prince Harry had put lots of careful thought behind his choice of present like any good uncle should do. He is quoted as saying “That he wants to create an exclusive library for the royal children.” This is said to be because he has fond memories of his mother, Princess Diana, reading him bedtime stories.

    I was delighted to receive a paperback copy as a school prize when I was aged eight, along with a copy of,  ‘When We Were Very Young’ and ‘Now We Are Six.’ I treasured them for many years until I’m afraid to say the well-read pages began to disintegrate and fall away from the binding.

    A.A. Milne’s fictional story ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is so much more than a children’s story though, it tells the reader about some of the best qualities that can be found in a human being.

  • Patience: “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
  • Thoughtfulness: “A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference.”
  • Self- love: “It’s not much of a tail but, I’m sort of attached to it.”
  • Love: “How do you spell love?”—— Piglet
  •            “You don’t spell it…….you feel it.”—— Pooh

    A.A. Milne

     Well done Harry!