Friday, June 04, 2010


The gloomy fellow above is Eeyore born sometime in 1926 in the A.A. Milne books about Winnie the Pooh, and Christopher Robbins. Today is not exactly his birthday, but since there is no one who's birthday is today that is hero worthy, our boy Eeyore is stepping up to take his place on the hero podium. The "old, grey, donkey" lives in the southeast corner of Hundred Acre Wood in a place called "Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad." Eeyore is not what you would call an uplifting character, despite the bright pink bow attached to his tail. His favourite food is thistles, and he has a fairly low opinion of the other animals in the forest describing them as "having no brain at all, some of them." For a donkey, he is fairly bright since he is able to read and write, although his spelling is fairly bad. He is also the focus of the annual "Eeyore's Birthday Party" which is held in Austin, Texas on the last Saturday in April. Of course this party has little to do with Eeyore's actual birthday, but seems to be a good excuse for a bunch of hippies to party in the park, and get bombed. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just seems odd that such a grounded, down to earth donkey who might need a little cheering up is the subject of a party in the park. Perhaps his gloom stems from the fact that he is full of sawdust, that would make me grumpy. Despite being a bit of a downer, he is still one fantastic character, and for those wonderful appearances in those wonderful books, Eeyore (1926-present), you are my (282nd) hero of the day.

1 comment:

chall said...

he is one understated one. i love him. has so much wisdom and when it comes down to it, all he wants is to be loved, although he doesn't ask for it... but the happiness at his birthday with Pooh and Piglet coming with pressies is a moment when I cry all the time.

Imagine, being that happy for a jar and a broken balloon? ;)