a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness

While I was reading before bed the other night, Matt skulked around the apartment on the hunt for something to read.

Unlike my love of respectable series, Matt doesn’t read a lot of fiction. He reads a lot of what I would consider history textbooks. But this evening, his biography of Hitler just wasn’t cutting it. So he traipsed to the bookshelf to find a book and eventually plunked down beside me.

Within no time, he was interrupting my reading with laughs. I roll over to find him reading an old Winnie the Pooh book. The section he was finding so amusing was when Pooh was stuck in Rabbit’s front door. This was his favourite part:

“Bear began to sigh, and then found he couldn’t because he was so tightly stuck; and a tear rolled down his eye, as he said:

‘Then would you read a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness?’

So for a week Christopher Robin read that sort of book at the North end of Pooh, and Rabbit hung his washing on the South end…”


Now this little excerpt would not be as important had I not read the following headline in the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s most prominent National newspapers the next day:

Bear with head stuck in jar eludes wildlife officials

Apparently in Northern Ontario a young bear got his head stuck in a pickle jar. Now, my immediate reaction was to laugh but truly this must have been a very scary ordeal for the bear. He couldn’t eat or drink.

Wildlife officials were looking for the bear to try to help him get unstuck.

Fortunately, there was a new headline yesterday:

Jarring ordeal over for bear whose head was stuck

Apparently the wildlife officials never found the bear but a canoeist found the jar in question with claw marks and tufts of fur inside. The bear, it seems, found a way to escape.

My only hope is that this bear had someone to read him a Sustaining Book, such as would help and comfort a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness while he was stuck in such a pickle.


6 Responses to “a Wedged Bear in Great Tightness”

  1. 1 Erin August 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    One day on my way home when I lived with Mom and Dad I saw a cat with it’s head in a jar. I pulled the car over and spent a good 20 minutes in the corn field looking for it and never found it.
    Saddest story ever.

  2. 2 Ronnica July 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, that is a strangely worded sentence!

    • 3 clairesuzanne July 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

      That’s why I love it. In the book it even includes all of those capitalizations. What A.A. Milne chooses to capitalize in the Winnie the Pooh stories make reading them so much fun!

  3. 4 Nora July 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Aw, bear! That’s kind of sweet that he chose a Winnie the Pooh book to read.

  4. 6 sleepyjane July 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Haha! Aw, poor bear. Such a cute post, and I’m glad it had a happy ending. 🙂

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