“There is no bigger joy than when our beloved childhood books continue to teach us about life even in adulthood,” says Estelle Raath, the deputy manager of Sanca Wedge Gardens treatment centre in Johannesburg.

“This little excerpt from the famous book by AA Milne offers us a timely reminder of why it is very beneficial for everyone to have someone to ‘be there’ for them. We all need the support of others and knowing they are there makes such a difference to our mental health and wellbeing.

“So let’s be that ‘Piglet’ to someone in our life today who is anxious and afraid. Sending thoughts to those having a Difficult Day today and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you,” she says.

“Today was a Difficult Day,” said Pooh.

There was a pause.

“Do you want to talk about it?” asked Piglet.

“No,” said Pooh after a bit. “No, I don’t think I do.”

“That’s okay,” said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

“What are you doing?” asked Pooh.

“Nothing, really,” said Piglet. “Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don’t feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

“But goodness,” continued Piglet, “Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you’ve got someone there for you. And I’ll always be here for you, Pooh.”

And, as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs…he thought that his best friend had never been more right.”

AA Milne

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