As Christopher Robin begins to fill his head with more and more
information, he has to physically leave the forest. (This is a theme as old as
time. Remember the first story about people who to had to leave the perfect,
beautiful garden once they knew too much?) Now, one could argue that knowing
how to build a pump (House.10) is not necessarily worth the sacrifice of
childhood imagination. On the other hand, children do grow out of the stage of
fantasy play eventually. And Milne even calls what CR does in this setting "nothing."
Of course, nothing is a very good thing in Milne's eyes. Just read
the book—wait, you have
read the book—and you'll see how many wonderful somethings
emerge from all that nothing. But in the end, children grow more interested in
real information. In fact, theorists like Jean Piaget tell us that doing "nothing" is really how children start to learn
about all the real somethings that eventually eclipse the nothing. But clearly
Milne views growing up, inevitable and wonderful as it is, as a loss of
something precious, as well.