Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Gift of Friendship.. ..getting wet and having fun!

I wonder what you will think in 20 years when you look back on this day...
Will you remember how we went to my favorite place, “The Shoals," when your family came to visit me over that summer?
Will you remember how scared you were to go into that murky water  because you couldn’t see anything on the bottom, but you were okay when I told you it was only like that because of all the rain that we were having?
Will you remember how cold the water was when we first put our feet in and you said that you didn't want to go in, but somehow I convinced you that it would warm up ?
Will you remember how fast the water was rushing by us and how hard it was to hear each other although we could hear the laughter and giggles and we saw the smiles on each other's faces especially when you fell in?
Will you remember the pact that we made if we thought we needed each other…I promised to grab your hand and you would grab mine?
Will you remember how safe we both felt taking risks in those rapids knowing that we were right there to support each other if we felt scared or unsure of what to do ?
 Will you remember having the best time of our lives that day?
My son’s recollection of his childhood friend doesn't differ much from the friendships that transpired between Winnie the Pooh, a boy named Christopher Robbin, a rabbit and other treasured friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. 
The bond of friendship. The gift of problem solving. The sense of adventure.  Being there to lend a helping hand, even if it meant being stuck in a hole for a week.  Those same principles that I remember from my childhood friends are the same principles now being instilled in my children's relationships.
Now we can watch this timeless classic together or with friends. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be available for the first time on Blu-ray Combo Pack and HD Digital on August 27th .
Watching Winnie The Pooh with my children helps to solidify the importance of those friendships and how meaningful they are and will become, just like they were to Winnie the Pooh and his friends.... and that day at the Shoals….even in that cold water.  To learn more about release of this adventurous and timeless film, hop on over to their website or Facebook page.

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119 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Well, you know with my grandkids I HAVE to enter this one. I have a little Winnie-The-Pooh boy that would just love that set. I know #1 never wins but -oh-well....lol
I used to play like that with my cousins in the water below the waterfalls on their farm. We loved the Spring rains when the waters ran fast and we would stand under the falls and get sprayed. Those are memories your little ones will NEVER forget- Hope you have a great day, Laura.

Lisa Brown said...

It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.
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Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh I so love this Laura...Childhood memories with friends are the best...

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Oh they look like they are having so much fun ... I'm gonna share those pics with my hubby cause he's so frustrated that he doesn't see kids outside playing in our neighborhood and he's concerned that kids aren't doing kid things anymore. And those pics made me remember a stream with a small waterfall that my grandma used to take me to and how much I loved it, can't believe I forgot about that!

Elena said...

It's important for kids to have friends and have fun to be happy and sociable

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Pamela said...

Oh how much my boys loved Winnie The Poo. Childhood friendships are so very important and it makes my hear happy that the strongest friendship that my boys have is with each other. I pray that they continue that thru out their entire lives.

Sugar Sheree said...

I love it!!!!! They will always remember that!!!!

Mami2jcn said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills and enjoy the fun of being a kid.

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Our Feathered Nest said...

Young friendship is so important and often the most memorable... what a sweet post!

kellyr78 said...

It important because my children learn so much by playing together and with other kids, as well as by using their imaginations. This prepares them to be productive and happy adults.

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Amykins said...

Hi There! Happy Thursday! My son is 3 & 1/2 and everything is an adventure to him right now. Watching the excitement in his face when taking him to the beach for the first time & his laughter when he is sitting in the wet sand waiting for the water to reach his toes. It puts a smile to my face each time he is fascinated by a new experience.

ellie said...

Imagination, friendships, and a sense of adventure can open up the whole world to children. I try to nurture them and allow them to follow the beat of their own drums.

ellie said...

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Angela Ryder said...

Beautiful post, Laura! Isn't it wonderful to see our children learning life's lessons and experiencing their joy!!! Absolutely love Pooh.....Roo is really my favorite!! Blessings....Ang

Courtney B said...

its important for children to play imagine and dream, its all part of growing up!

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One Frugal Girl said...

Every kid needs a buddy. Someone to learn and play with. When I think back on my own childhood most of my memories involve my best girl friends. I know my son will have similar memories as he grows with his friends.

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Tj and Amy said...

I think its very important. It helps them grow and develop a personality and great social skills as well.


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bayctygrl said...

friendship, imagination and adventure are important because you need to escape and explore in your mind it helps you grow and be creative and it makes life that more interesting and everything is better with a friend

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Kia89 said...

It’s important for kids because it helps to develop their social skills.
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susan1215 said...

Imagination is important for creativity and growing through adventures, which plays into their imagination.
Friendships and building relationships is a necessary skill for all ages

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sohamolina said...


They are all character building traits and therefore very important.

Dee said...

Friendship is important to have support in life and people to share the happy moments with and building relationships is important for careers. As for imagination? What would a grand adventure be without one? All are very important tools for a child to grow and prosper! :)

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Kim Hardy said...

There is nothing more important than friendships and bonds while growing up and as an adult
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Tamar said...

I believe it prepares them for real life world experiences.
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peg42 said...

I feel that the importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my kids lifes help them to develope socially and emotionally.
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Denise S. said...

These things are all important in my children's live, because it gives them confidence, fun and helps them develop and learn about the world.
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Deb Anderson said...

Through friendship, children learn tolerance, compassion, and social interaction. Playing together inspires imagination, and that increases thinking power. So yes, it's all very important to a child's development.

Deb Anderson said...

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Allie G said...

Adventure brings new experiences and learning to children.

rachel said...

Friendships help kids develop better social skills, a sense of compassion and more depth to their life -- and hopefully their future.

Stephanie Larison said...

Kids need to experience all this to grow and become who they will be. It also helps with social skills, independence, and confidence.

wigget said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure help develop social and skills and self-confidence

L Ald said...

I love Winnie the Pooh (still have one on my closet shelf that my boys know is "just Mommas")and the life lessons learned from this simple bear. I think friendship, imagination and adventure are so important to our children and need to be developed so they can grow and be confident and successful in adult society and have fun along the way.

Tina said...

these things are important,help them to learn about themselves and what them want in their life
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Tina said...

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jlafount said...

Friendship is a way to find out how to socialize and learn about rejection

JC said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are impoart for my kids because they make life richer and happier.
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JC said...

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Emaisgr8 said...

My daughter thrives from friendships. She learns the most by mimicking others actions. I love watching her gain skills by being creative and using her imagination.

steve weber said...

It is important to learn necessary skills for a happy and rewarding life.

Barbara Montag said...

These three things are what help my children to grown into emotional healthy adults.
Thank you.

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Janna Johnson said...

encouraging imagination builds problem solving skills for the future

Joseph Wallace said...

Friendship is important for a person to grow up and become a good person.

StephanieC said...

he is only 8 months; so far friendship means someone new to chew on! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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David said...

friendships are important for children bc it develops relationships outside the family for a child

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jakiesmom said...

because the combination of the 3 of them help to form his personality. He is drawn to kids who play and imagine like himself which helps him develop strong relationships
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intime said...

Friendship is important for social skills

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ms-texas said...

Imagination helps children become creative thinkers; friendship and adventure is an essential part of life

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Rebecca Graham said...

These 3 skills will prepare a child for the real world after childhood.

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smilekisses said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure in your child’s life is important because it molds them to become who they are and teaches them love and acceptance.

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

My four year is recently learning the value of friendship and its wonderful to see his development, he has a huge imagination and we try to enhance it at every opportunity. My two year old is the one with all the sense of adventure!

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Kerry said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so important in a child's life because they will use all of these things throughout their entire life!
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Wanda McHenry said...

The ability to use imagination to create an adventure with their friends molds a child into a confident and well social balanced individual.

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Anna Pry said...

my kids use their imaginations to come up with adventures to enjoy with their friends

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hallie pee said...

Life is a series of moments, moments that would be nothing without friendship, imagination, and adventure!

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Lisa Pecora said...

I do not have kids but friendship is very important. When I was a kid I was always with my friends, and I had a big imagination!

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Kim said...

I think imagination is incredibly important and do whatever I can to encourage imagination through playtime.
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NeraCaligula said...

Imagination is really important. My son has an active imagination and I try to never squash that.

tina reynolds said...

Imagination is so important to encourage it helps a child grow and be creative. I really think it helps them believe they can do anything. My kids and I have tea parties, and such are favorite is pretending to be a vet.

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Tony said...

Friendship, Imagination and Adventure will help a child grow and want more from life.

Diane52 said...

Friendship and imagination play critical roles in making loving humans, as evidenced by my 27 year old's nickname is still Tigger, my other son Piglet and me mom-I'm Winnie.
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LAMusing said...

Friendship is the lodestone of life, and imagination can take a child anywhere they want to go!
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ms-texas said...

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Jammie Morey said...

It allows them to discover who they are which is important when they get older. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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Erica Best said...

i did not have a big imagination when i was kids but i did have books when i was kids

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I love that my daughter has stayed friends with her buddies from daycare throughout the year, even when they went on to different schools. They've maintained a wonderful bond.

ky2here said...

Our middle daughter personifies friendship, imagination and adventure. She sees the good in almost everyone and is an artist.

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bbrittbrat1398 said...

I think they all build character and help the kids live healthy active social lives.
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brendaelsner said...

Friendship, adventure, and imagination are all important aspects in a children's life. They grow emotionally and mentally and it let's them be who they are and discover themselves. It gives them skills they will need in their adult lives. I love sitting and just watching my kids use their imaginations!

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MCantu1019 said...

It helps them be good people as they mature.
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Gina said...

It will help enrich his life and make him a better & more well rounded person.

cassandra mccann said...

by reading out loud and spending time creating from nothing I can help my children open their mind star95011atyahoodotcom

Charity/CC said...

It builds character, creates a world of fun, and leads to a happy childhood.

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Sky Kory said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are invaluable because they develop the qualities that comprise a responsible and happy adult.

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fostering friendship, imagination and adventure in a child will create an adult who is caring, giving, open-minded, and non-judgmental.

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Julie Goetz said...

I want my daughter to find happiness and with that she will need to make many friends. Her imagination is important so she can dream big.
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Mihaela Day said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children because they get to develop social skills

Bonnie Caselman said...

The importance of friendship, imagination and adventure in my child's life is even little people need a break from reality every once in a while.

Emmy Coffee said...

Seeing the imagination in my three and five year old kiddos is simply amazing. Do you remember the power of imagination? "No, that dining room chair is not just a chair, Mom, it's my Corvette!" And studies have shown that a healthy imagination in children leads to better skills at coping, creativity and problem-solving as they grow up!

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Karen Drake said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are so vital to children growing into productive, well adjusted and happy adults.
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Susan Smoaks said...

I truly believe that friendship, imagination and adventure are of the utmost importance in our child's life. They help with growth and maturity and help keep life fun and exciting.
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MANDY83 said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are important for my children to be well rounded.
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Crystal M said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are some of the most important aspects of my sons' lives. I know that while they are practicing these they are not only developing their creative and social skills but enjoying their childhood years

KrazeKatLady said...

It is important for kids to learn these skills for success in life.

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angie lilly said...

Without experiencing and learning this three skills as a child, no adult can truly be well-formed, well-rounded, and well just plain well!
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saturdaynightfever said...

The little one already has quite the vivid imagination!

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slehan said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are all important for kids (and adults, too) We take a daily hike around the lake and see what adventures we can have.
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bettycd said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure sounds like the background for our fave bedtime stories. Being military we moved and the kids changed schools and friends way too often. Friendship is very important for all the family

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Thomas Murphy said...

Its very important that my kids have fun with there imagination and go on fun adventures with there good friends.

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Ashley Morrissey said...

Friendship, imagination and adventure are the three best things when you’re a child. Friendship for when you’re feeling lonely. Imagination for when you’re feeling bored. Adventure for when you’re feeling a little..well, adventurous! ;)

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Vanessa said...

It helps them become creative and kind adults.
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