“I love Eeyore,” said Sprite, cuddling her new soft toy, the pessimistic donkey from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories. Fortunately he looks more like the original E. H. Sheppard illustrations than the Disney version. “He just needs lots of hugs and he will be fine – like Donkey in Shrek”
“Puddleglum in the Narnia story just annoys me because he chooses to see the worst possible outcome every time even when it is not at all logical”
“But Black Dog really frightens me sometimes.”
The hairs on the back of my neck stood up.
The automatic association I made (especially after the mention of Eeyore and Puddleglum was the black dog of depression http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
And the next automatic association was James Webb’s iconic article Existential depression in gifted individuals http://bit.ly/17cQla
Hoping that my associations were not correct and trying to sound matter of fact I asked “When have you seen Black Dog?”