Monday, April 16, 2012

"If" by Rudyard Kipling - Printable

Many, many years ago, I think I was in jr. high actually, I had to memorize a poem - "If" by Rudyard Kipling.  I loved it from the moment I first read it.  So I painstakingly worked and worked at memorizing this very long poem.  I have vivid memories of repeating it over and over to my mom trying to get it all in the right order.  And though I can't remember it all word for word now, the message has stuck with me.

Fast forward 20 years and when in 8th grade Cheyenne needed a good poem to memorize, I suggested "If" to her, too.  She did the same thing, worked and worked at memorizing it and now she loves it, too.  So a couple weeks ago when Natalie needed to memorize a poem (love that 8th grade English,) Cheyenne and I both suggested "If", and she memorized it, too.  I decided I needed this posted somewhere since it's such a good reminder of how I want to live and how I want my children to live.  So I made a printable and I'll share it with you, too.


Thank you so much to Persnickety Prints for the great background and border.

A couple days after I made this and Natalie presented it to her class, she then tells me she had to take something for a prop/display.  I told her I had made this and if she'd just told me, she could have taken it.  Instead she took a few different varieties of the Met Life stuffed Snoopy's (taking the "If" out of life.) lol  Thanks to Uncle Luke for providing a great prop!

Do you have a favorite poem?  Do you remember any of those you memorized in school?  I'd love to hear about it.







9 comments:

Leslie said...

I definitely remember that poem. I choose the same one back when I had to memorize a poem. See what an influence you had? Although, I only remember the first paragraph. Maybe I just had to read the rest? Good job Natalie and Cheyenne! Glad Snoopy's could come in handy for something : )

hannahw said...

I have always liked this poem.. Thanks for the printable. Here is my Made with Love link: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/bell-bottom-baby.html

Carole said...

Nice blog. I'm on a bit of a mission to get my favorite classic poem up in to my top ten posts so it shows on the sidebar. So it would be great if you would have a look. Ozymandias

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

I've just printed out the poem for my son's room, Kimberly.
Thank you so very much!

Terry said...

Oh awesome. This is my husband's favourite poem - I am definitely printing this out. THanks for sharing at our party this week.

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

I had never heard that, it's great! No wonder you love it! Thank you for that!

Rachel said...

This is a great poem. I've never read it before now. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

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Patrick Campbell said...

Love it and remember it from my days at school! I went to the same school as Seamus Heaney, not at the same time, and Mid Term Break stands out as I learned it in the self same place he wrote about. I also love Desiderata-which, if you like If, you will definitely love!

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