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A PLAY OF “POOHSTICKS” AT WILLOW GLEN’S GUADALUPE RIVER BRIDGE, NOT THE USUAL

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A POPULAR CHILDREN’S GAME —INSPIRED BY THE STORY OF WINNIE-THE-POOH —WOULD HAVE A SURPRISING REALIZATION AT WILLOW GLEN’S BRIDGE OVER THE GUADALUPE RIVER.

Poohsticks” as you may recall, is a kind of game or sport that was mentioned in the popular children’s tale, The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne.

Passing by the Guadalupe River today, whereabouts Willow Glen Way and Northern Road, there is found a bridge over the Guadalupe River.  However, when looking over the bridge today, Friday 25 July 2014, it was surprising to find a dried-out river bed, whereas the river rock from the bottom of the river was totally exposed; but, that’s until…

Taking a walk to the other side of the bridge, as if to play “pooh sticks,” was not a sporting surprise.  In this game, a person simply tosses a twig or stick over the side of a bridge to watch it drift away to the opposite side, as by running water.  This usually takes several players.  The one whose stick first appears on the downstream, when crossing the other side of the bridge, is the winner.  There’s no winner today…

It was very odd to find that one side of the bridge was dried-out, while the opposite had some water that was practically still, if not very slowly drifting… maybe wavering from the wind.

Indeed, it was a strange sight, to see water on one side, but utter dryness on the other. It was as if the water was dammed (obstructed) directly under the bridge.   A strange experience…enough to wonder about the greater “Hundred Acre Wood” and all its critters.

This was not a day to play “pooh sticks.”  It’s enough to make Rabbit more worrisome, than his usual self.

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