"But, Mommy! Winnie-the-Pooh is singing this, you said! Why aren't you singing, Mommy?"
Whereupon a mother has two choices: a) get into a long and involved explanation about why Mommy is not singing, then repeat the explanation about 15 times, or b) make up a tune on the spot. Which is how a mother finds herself trying to sing lyrics like:
Have I ever pointed out that, as much I love to listen to music, I have no talent whatsoever for making music? And yet, my children still love me after listening to me singing my way through all the Winnie the Pooh stories. It's amazing.
Honestly, I would much rather have been singing a song that didn't require me to make up music, like The Fifth Dimension's Up, Up and Away (which, incidentally, works very well as a companion song to the story of Winnie-the-Pooh and the bees.)
"[Pooh] put his head between his paws and thought very carefully.
"It's like this," he said. "When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you're coming. Now, if you have a green balloon, they might think you were only part of the tree, and not notice you, and if you have a blue balloon, they might think you were only part of the sky, and not notice you, and the question is: Which is most likely?"
And so Pooh finds eventually finds himself floating in the air, just out of reach of the beehive and its honey, hanging onto a blue balloon, coated with mud and trying to convince the bees that he was a harmless rain cloud, not a honey thief.
"We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly, we can fly
Up, up and away
My beautiful, my beautiful balloon
Suspended under a twilight canopy"
Up, Up and Away
Books: Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
Music: Up, Up and Away, The Fifth Dimension