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GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN provides a glimpse into the failed relationship between Winnie-the-Pooh author, Alan Alexander Milne, and his son Christopher Robin. The film, unlike the internationally acclaimed children’s books, addresses dark themes and mature subject matters such as post-traumatic stress, marital strain, tension between parents and caregivers – just to name a few. One poignant message in the film is the deterioration of the father and son relationship after the international success of Winnie-the-Pooh.In the film, father and son barely spoke except during the brief periods both played together in their imaginary world where the inspired characters behind Winnie-the-Pooh would come to life. The seldom but precious moments shared by father and son are soon spoiled by Milne as he exploits their private adventures for literary fame and fortune. In this blog post, I explore this theme and how it relates to my life as a blogger – sharing private moments with the insta-world, Twitter-sphere and beyond. As a food and lifestyle blogger, I try to be conscious of how often I flash my iPhone camera or how active I am on social media portals in the presence of family and friends. As a blogger, I have pondered – at what point do I put the phone down? I have been blogging approximately four years and there has been a change in my behavior since I first started this journey. During my initial blogging years, I was constantly taking pictures, posting on social media portals and monitoring my social media activity regardless of whether I was alone or in the company of family or friends. During my initial blogging years, I felt as though I was in a race to capture the right shot or be first to post to social media the much coveted dish or bite. Over time, I learned to be more aware and respectful of those around me by not being so intrusive with my iPhone. I also learned to be more present and enjoy the company of family and friends.
As I approach my fourth year of blogging, I attack my projects and everyday interaction with social media differently. Yes, you will always catch me with my iPhone in hand ready to capture the “perfect” foodie photo once the meal arrives to the table. If I am dining with a friend or family member, I might ask them to help me with extra lighting from their cell phone, if we are at a dimly lit restaurant. However, once the pictures are taken, I make my best effort to put the phone down in my purse. The Instagram, Twitter and Facebook posts will come later. The rare exceptions are when I dine alone or am attending a blogger event. What I do now is my process and is what works for me. This process gives me the time to enjoy the food, savor the experience and most importantly be present with my family and friends. I treasure my relationships and don’t ever want to be in a situation where a family member or a friend do not want to be in my company because I am absent or occupied with my phone during my quality time with them.
I do not have children, but my six-year-old niece has not shied away from asking me why I have to take so many pictures. She has also insisted that I only take pictures of my food and not everyone else’s at the table because everyone else’s food will get cold. I have explained to her what I do as a blogger and why it is important to me, however, I am also now very cautious not to sour her or my family’s dining experience.
Although GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN does tackle heavy subjects, I did enjoy the film. Warning, you may tear up a time or two. I found the acting to be superb, especially that of Will Tilston, the eight year old actor that portrays Christopher Robin in the film. It’s a great film for adults, however, I do caution that the themes are too strong for a younger audience. It is a great film to watch and reflect on as we approach and share the holidays with family and friends. The movie was released in the US on October 13th. For a list of theatres and movie times for this film, click here.