There are so many different ways that I could answer this question. Let’s be honest here, as you get older and learn more about the world that surrounds you, childhood favorites oftentimes become forgotten pieces of our lost youth. I could go on to say that my ALL TIME FAVORITE character is that of Dumbledore, or possibly one of Nora Roberts’ amazing heroes. I wouldn’t be lying, I do love all of those characters, I do adore Harry Potter as a whole, and I could even say that the Mad Hatter has always been a favorite of mine throughout all of the reincarnations on television, in movies, and in the multiple written re-imaginings of Wonderland. I have always adore Jareth, the Goblin King from the Labyrinth, and I say, with great pride in my geekery, that Tolkien wrote some of my heroes in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series.
These are total truths. However, if I were to really sit down and think of my all-time favorite character, whether it be on screen or in the written word, I would have to reach deep inside and confess that Winnie-ther-Pooh and his friends take that lead position in my heart, even above the Care Bears. I even wrote papers and created lessons on the original works of A.A. Milne for my education degree because of the love I have for the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. A stuffed Tigger and a small stuffed Piglet, both probably older than my father, are carefully preserved and living on my bookshelves to help my inspiration flow freely and my daughter has a room full of artwork that I drew for her, all centered on those characters. Eeyore, Rabit, Owl, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Heffalumps, and Woozles…they are all here, all wandering around my house and helping to make it a home.
I cannot just choose one, though Tigger is often my favorite, because each of these endearing and enduring characters has grown up and changed with me, bringing through rough times and back to good with simple songs and wise words that are as true for four year olds as they are for seventy-four year olds. Love, Imagination, and a good dose of Silly are what I need to thrive, and I get it all with a quick visit to Winnie ther Pooh and Friends.
May you all have such a connection to wonderful literature and lifelong friendships! Have a Blessed, and honey filled, day!