Forever and Ever: Lessons from Winnie the Pooh

At dinner the other night, my husband, daughter and I moved from a discussion of a medly of show tunes that was part of a concert in which my daughter’s choir sang to a kind of free association of different show and movie tunes. Ultimately this led us (in a winding, roundabout fashion) to the music from a movie Elena and I loved to watch together when she was very young – Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin. I remembered a song from the movie we always sung together, but couldn’t remember the lyrics. Fortunately, the combination of a Google search and You Tube quickly resulted in our finding a video of the song Forever and Ever, a duet sung between Pooh and Christopher Robin. In part, the song goes:

I wanna call your name, forever
And you will always answer, forever
And both of us will be
Forever you and me
Forever and ever. …

Forever and ever
Is a very long time Pooh
Forever isn’t long at all, Christopher
When I’m with you

I wanna call your name, forever,
And you will always answer, forever,
And both of us will be, forever you and me,
Forever and ever.

I wanna be with you, forever
I want you right here beside me, forever
One thing you should know
No matter where I go
We’ll always be together
Forever and ever.

As we listened, there was something in the sweetness of the tune and the lyrics that struck both Elena and I deeply. Perhaps it was simply the remembrance of us singing the duet in days past… I can’t remember which of us sang Christopher Robin’s part and which Pooh’s, but I remember the joy and the sweetness and the warmth. But I think that, at least for me, there was also a bit of wanting to hold on even as I embrace the change that is coming as my daughter moves closer and closer to the next stage of her life. (She is now halfway through high school and we are starting to look at potential college choices.)

And, of course, as I go back and listen to the lyrics, there arises the parallel that always rises for me when I experience these sorts of moments with my daughter: I feel the call of God’s love. A part of me sings to my daughter the words, “I want you right here beside me forever….No matter where I go, We’ll always be together, forever and ever.” And another part of me hears God saying those same words to me. And to Elena. And to all of us. And, just as Pooh comes to realize in the movie (which Elena and I watched together the other day, having happily discovered that it had not been given away) that Christopher Robin is always in Pooh’s heart even when they are not physically together, I am freshly reminded that our God is always with us…even when we can’t see him.

Forever and ever.