English author A.A. Milne was born on this day — January 18, 1882 — the father of Christopher Robin and creator of Winnie the Pooh, that lovable, silly old bear filled with fluff who has worked his way into the hearts of children and adults for over a hundred years. My children were treated to Pooh as they grew up … but that’s because I was treated to Pooh when growing up.
In second or third grade, we were to memorize a poem for class, and so I chose “Christopher Robin.” I believe Milne properly named it “Vespers,” but I always called it “Christopher Robin Is Saying His Prayers.” It was in an over-sized children’s book of stories, poem, and quotes called “The Bumper Book” that our mom had gotten second-hand. It quickly became a favorite as she read out of it to my sister and me, stories we almost knew by heart, and poems that we could quote at a moment’s notice.
“Vespers” was my favorite. And so I chose it for my class assignment.
Do you know I can remember every word of that little poem to this very day? Loved it then, love it now … and shared it with my children as they grew up.