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.
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.