The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn
Is Just to Love and be Loved in Return
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh?” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ”I just wanted to be sure of you.”
“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
“Even longer,” Pooh answered.
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you,” Piglet said.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember, Piglet. 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.”
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” Piglet replied.
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From Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.
An unusual song for its time, Nature Boy by Nat King Cole went to the top of the charts and stayed there at #1 for eight weeks in 1948.
Originally sat on for a year by Capitol Records and Cole– who thought the lyrics and tune were strange and risky for the post-WW II generation– the haunting recording was finally released as a B-side single to surprisingly worldwide acclaim. Written by eden ahbez, the first homeless hippie who gave it all away and birthed the hippie movement (and insisted his name not be capitalized), Nature Boy was subsequently recorded by dozens of other famous artists.
Despite the richness of fame and royalties that could have followed, eden and his family could have cared less. They continued camping outside and lecturing on street corners about the benefits of vegetarianism and Eastern philosophy. Eden died in relative obscurity in 1995 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
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