19 Oct Goodbye Christopher Robin
This is a sponsored post.
Several years ago, I began a life changing quest to find more ways to incorporate reading into our daily lives. Those early days were filled with rambunctious toddlers and a little baby. It was a strange thing to chase after with three children under three years of age. But, I earnestly felt we needed it. So, one of the first books we read aloud was Winnie-The-Pooh by AA Milne. It helped shape this reading habit we were developing and created incredible memories for both my children and myself.
When I found out the movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, was about Author AA Milne writing Winnie-The-Pooh, I was so excited. As a parent, I’m intrigued when parents publish beloved stories either written for their children or inspired by their children. I’ve always been so intrigued that AA Milne’s collection of Winnie-The-Pooh is confined to four slim volumes. It seems larger now, because Disney owns Winnie-The-Pooh, but the original stories and poems are all confined to four books.
Goodbye Christopher Robin follows the story of comedy play writer, AA Milne. Traumatized by his time in the war, AA Milne moves his family to the English countryside. Soon, he is inspired by his son’s imagination and collection of stuffed animals. When AA Milne publishes the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, the popularity and success of the books brought hope and comfort to a battle worn England. However, what does it cost the real Christopher Robin?
In Goodbye Christopher Robin, we watch AA Milne’s unexpected success and how it trickled down to effecting his son. It wasn’t just lovely acting, it was also so real. As much as I love blogging and growing my brand, I am first a Mom. A mom who carefully considers the impact of sharing details of my kids’ lives on my blog. This is not something I take lightly. I always want to be respectful of my kids – as growing humans who will one day become adults. Because of the the tension I feel in showing my family on the blog, but not wanting to overshare the lives of my children, I found myself identifying with AA Milne so much. In fact, my husband and I have very strict rules about the pictures and videos we post on social media and the stories we share with the world. We do everything in our power to respect who are kids are as people and work to do everything we can to avoid embarrassing them.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is a wonderful reminder of how fleeting childhood is; not just for children, but for their parents too. This is one and only childhood we get with our kids. It’s so easy to get caught up in the long to-do list and all the good things we are involved in, that we lose sight of our children as children.
Towards the end of the movie, I teared up. Well, at least, I thought I had only shed a tear or two. By the time the credit rolled, I realized I had been sobbing. The story was powerful on it’s own, but the acting brought the story to life. I wasn’t expecting to be so moved by the story in a movie. But I was. It’s now been over 24 hours since the credits rolled and the movie ended, and I am still haunting by my take away: investing in a relationship with your children provides valuable memories for them and with them.
If you love Winnie-the-Pooh, you will love enjoy Goodbye Christopher Robin. If you need a fresh perspective on investing in kids in your life, Goodbye Christopher Robin is exactly what you are looking for. I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a movie; but Goodbye Christopher Robin has made a huge impact and I have no desire to quickly forget the lessons I took away from such a powerful movie.
I went to a free screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin and I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.