Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Do You Like Kipling?

I don't know, I've never Kippled!

Ah, that's one of my favorite jokes. And the title of my blog is an homage to one of my favorite poems, "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

I mean, really, any poem that opens with, "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. . ." is certainly a good one for a mom to know. If you're not familiar with it, here's a link: http://www.everypoet.com/archive/poetry/Rudyard_Kipling/kipling_if.htm

(Kipling is also responsible for "Jungle Book," "Rikki Tikki Tavi," "Captain's Courageous," and "Gunga Din.")

Raising children in a modern world can certainly be a challenge. I reckon every parent who has ever raised kids has thought the same of their "modern" world - after all, Kipling wrote "If" over a century ago.

We'd all like our kids to follow our advice, take heed of our warnings, become strong, compassionate, self-sufficient individuals. The truth is, though, that most of them are going to fight for their own way and believe that we are just there to "ruin their lives." Don't take it personally. It is what it is.

But some day, if we are very patient and very lucky, they will have teenagers of their own.

Sure, I've got the whole "Sixty seconds' worth of distance run" bit down. . .but I'm still counting the minutes until I hear those magical words: "Mom, you were right!"

Have fun!


  1. Alright, I MUST find 'Rikki Tikki Tavi' on dvd now, I loved that show as a kid.

    You're right, Lara. Each generation tends to think that children in their "times" are worse than before. Dontchya wish we could go back in time to learn otherwise? :-)

    LMAO, "But some day, if we are very patient and very lucky, they will have teenagers of their own" -- Now that's a mother's curse if I ever saw one!

    Hugs ~ Sandy

    "We're all on this journey towards living a healthier lifestyle together"


  2. Amen! My father reminds me of this ALL the time. He always laughs and says, "There is a God!"