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The Slice: For those who talk to animals – and listen

Fri., Jan. 24, 2014

Oh, bother.

On Winnie- the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne’s birthday last week, The Slice asked readers to share their favorite Poohisms. Here are a few.

“If we both live to be a hundred, I hope that I live to be a hundred minus one day, so I will never have to live without you.” – Sue Teague

“A little smackerel of something.” – Cynthia Shepherd

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – Karen Yancey

“I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.” – Dianne Cook

“Promise you won’t forget me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.” – Charlotte Thacker

Pam Pierson’s favorite is when Piglet asks a question and Pooh answers.

“We’ll be friends forever, won’t we Pooh?”

“Even longer.”

Then there was this from Jim McCall.

“My computer has the email received sound notification set to an announcer saying ‘You have new mail,’ to which Pooh responds ‘Ohhhh, thank you.’ ”

Keeping the peanut butter knife out of the jelly jar, et cetera: Jerry Hargitt does not understand the fuss about getting a few toast crumbs on the butter when that same butter is about to be applied to a piece of toast.

Then there was this from Sandra Jones.

“Living alone is not always fun but there are some positive things to enjoy. For one thing, I am always the boss. I can do just what I want to do. I have no one to consult with or answer to or argue about some issue. So here is my point.

“I am a great fan of peanut butter and jam or honey. I do not have to use many knives to make sandwich. I gleefully use the same knife to dip into each jar. Saves time and washing. And there are some surprise benefits from this behavior.

“Every once in awhile I detect a taste of honey in my peanut butter and jam sandwich or jam in the peanut butter and honey. What a nice surprise!”

Things That Made a Family Laugh Department: “Years ago, my ultra-conservative grandmother broke a certain finger on her left hand, leaving that finger constantly extended,” wrote Tawnia Penick.

Today’s Slice question: What award should you win?

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