Most people would know I am online a lot, and I read a lot of online articles (and share excessively on social media). Lots of them are shared by friends and by organisations I follow on social media.
One of my friends shared this on Facebook.
Watching PCK was different from watching The Noose though. The Noose reminded me of home, of the things happening back there and the idiosyncrasies of Singaporeans. PCK reminded me of that, and of how things used to be just 10, 20 years ago. I spent quite a bit of my childhood watching PCK and Under One Roof, and I think those were very different times from now.
Couple of weeks ago, another friend shared this video.
Anyway, after watching PCK, I read a really long but beautifully written article on childhood and the environment and our connection with Nature, all centred around Winnie-the-Pooh by Liam Heneghan, on Aeon Magazine. (Aeon has wonderful articles). I love Winnie-the-Pooh stories. I have a collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books back home, even the A.A. Milne version, not just the Disney ones. I grew up reading Winnie-the-Pooh, as well as Sherlock Holmes, and Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton books.
Much of my reading in my early years was pretty British. I grew up reading about rabbits and hedgehogs, great tits and robins, the Hundred-Acre-Woods and the Faraway Tree – all as un-tropical as can be. So in some sense, coming here to the UK for my tertiary education was kind of a throwback to my childhood, seeing the landscape and creatures that I've read about. (And it is also partially why I preferred going to the UK over the US.)
Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. Image taken from: http://kathylovestoread.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/magic-faraway-tree-by-enid-blyton.html
I don't really know what I'm getting at in this rambly post. I guess it's just about being reminded of my childhood days, when things seemed much simpler. Maintaining that connection to places of my childhood (in the PCK episode where his school was being demolished); not just how things are changing so quickly in Singapore, but also worldwide with climate change, as reminded in the Aeon article. And how it's important, more than ever, that kids should grow up with a close connection to the land and to Nature. Whether through books, like in my case if it can be considered that, or documentaries, or best, through the physical interaction itself.
I need to go walk in Ashdown Forest one day while I'm here.
Image taken from: http://open.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/748/Items/E301_1_section8.html