Yesterday we said goodbye to 2020, the first pandemic year in our life. And I really hope it was the last.
Today we welcome 2021, another unique year: it will be the only year in my life formed by two consecutive numbers, 20 and 21. The last year with the same characteristics was 1920 and the next will be 2122. As for 2122, I have no clue what will bring for the humankind. Or if humans will still live on this planet.
As for 1920, well, 1920 was the year in wich the League of Nations was created. And was also the year all the American women gained their right to vote. And what we know as mass-media was established in America, where two radio stations begun broadcasting in 1920.
In medicine, it was the year Band-aids appeared and the Spanish Flu pandemic ended.
In literature, was the year James Joyce met Ezra Pound, the writter who was said to be a fascist. Fascist or not, his influence was so big in so many writters of that time, maybe this could be the only fact to remember him for.
In children literature, 1920 was the year when “Gilda of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, the creator of the Wizard of Oz, was published. Is the last Oz book that Baum had written and published.
It is also the year the firs Doctor Dolittle book appeared, based on the character Hugh Lofting invented and wrote about it between 1914-1918, while being in the trenches fighting for the British army. After being injured on the front, Lofting moved in the U.S. and start working on publishinf a book based on the Doctor Dolittle character, the famous doctor who could speak to the animals.
In 1920 was born Christopher Robert Milne, the main character in A.A. Milne’s book, “Winnie the Pooh”.
Winnie the Pooh is one’s of my daughter favourite character, we have red all of Milne’s books, minus “ Now we are six”, that we are saving for when… she will be six, of course! Meaning this special new year, 2021!
Until we will finish reading it, I leave you with a few of Winnie the Pooh special words about life, friends, love and of course, honey!
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever!”
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day!”
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes”
“When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles”
“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love”
“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside”
“Could be worse. Not sure know, but it could be”
“A hug is always the right size”
“ Isn’t funny how a bear likes honey?”