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‘CHRISTOPHER ROBIN’ A HEARTFELT REMINDER THAT LIFE IS HAPPENING NOW

by | August 16, 2018

This post contains spoilers to the new Disney movie Christopher Robin.

Do you remember watching Winnie The Pooh when you were younger? Well, now the much-loved bear is getting his very own live-action revival starring Ewan McGregor as the adult version of our favorite childhood character, Christopher, who brought the story to life.

The movie follows the story of the grown-up version of the movies namesake, years after he’s left the Hundred Acre Wood behind. The trailer shows him saying goodbye to Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and all of the other classic characters as he heads off to boarding school, and it seems as though the movies central message is about much more than the loss of childhood wonder and imagination.

Before he leaves Pooh, Christopher turns to him and says
“Silly old bear, I wouldn’t ever forget about you … I promise. Not even when I’m 100.” But before long, it seems as though he has indeed forgotten as life moves forward.

The movie fast-forwards through his life, through boarding school, years fighting in the war, falling in love, getting married, and having a child of his own. The beloved Christopher Robin is definitely no longer a child, but a hard-working husband and father who toils away at his high-pressure job for most of the week. Sounds familiar right?

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Christopher Robin

Christopher is also buried in the stress of everyday life and trying to support his family, a plot line that will hit home with pretty much every parent.

At one point during the movie he is tasked with cutting the budget to try and save his luggage company, and is told he must come up with the plan in a weekend, which of course means he needs to spend time away from his family. The weekend also happens to fall at a time when the family were supposed to go on a family trip to the country.

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When Christopher Robin tells his wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell), of the plans she asks “You’ll be working this weekend?” and his daughter Madeline (Bronte Carmichael), pleads with “Father, I never see you,” which I’m sure didn’t leave a dry eye among the parents in the theater.

This is the moment Evelyn delivers the heartfult line that delivers a reminder to parents, “Your life is happening now,” she tells him, “right in front of you.”

Sometimes we all get caught up in the everyday stresses of life, being a parent, and managing a home, but we all need a gentle reminder that life IS happening right now, and we can’t get these moments back. What our children need in their lives is us to show up and be there for them. Sit down with them on the floor and play for those extra five minutes, read an extra chapter of that book at bedtime, cuddle them just that little bit longer.

Who knew that this movie about a boy and his bear would have such a heartfelt message? Christopher Robin is currently in theaters, and you should see it before it leaves. 

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