Rainy days have been few and far between this year in Texas, but when the skies finally open, I enjoy the raindrops falling all around me.

For some reason, when I think of rain showers and delightfully overcast days, I think of Winnie the Pooh. Pooh Bear has always been one of my favorite book characters, along with the irrepressible Tigger and the humorously pessimistic Eeyore.

So today, as the liquid sunshine gently falls from the Texas sky, enjoy these bright and chipper quotes from the Hundred Acre Wood.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart. . . I’ll always be with you.”

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”

“People who don’t Think probably don’t have Brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.”

“You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count.” Rabbit

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.”

“I think,” said Piglet, when he had licked the tip of his nose too, and found that it brought very little comfort, “I think that I have just remembered something. I have just remembered something that I forgot to do yesterday and shan’t be able to do tomorrow. So I suppose I really ought to go back and do it now.”

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.”

“You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes.”

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”

“I’m not asking anybody,” said Eeyore. “I’m just telling everybody. We can look for the North Pole, or we can play ‘Here we go gathering Nuts in May’ with the end part of an ants’ nest. It’s all the same to me.”

Eeyore walked all round Tigger one way, and then turned and walked round him the other way.
“What did you say it was?” he asked.
“Tigger.”
“Ah!” said Eeyore.
“He’s just come,” explained Piglet.
“Ah!” said Eeyore again.
He thought for a long time and then said: “When is he going?”

“Could you ask your friend to do his exercises somewhere else? I shall be having lunch directly, and don’t want it bounced on just before I begin. A trifling matter, and fussy of me, but we all have our little ways.” Eeyore

“When late morning rolls around and you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, don’t worry; you’re probably just a little eleven o’clockish.”

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”