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Saturday, February 12, 2011

The End

(Portrait of a Small Child by Wilhelm List, 1864-1918,
German painter)

“What I want to explain in the Introduction is this. We have been nearly three years writing this book. We began it when we were very young . . . and now we are six. So, of course, bits of it seem rather babyish to us, almost as if they had slipped out of some other book by mistake. On page whatever-it-is there is a thing which is simply three-ish, and when we read it to ourselves just now we said, ‘Well, well, well,’ and turned over rather quickly. So we want you to know that the name of the book doesn’t mean that this is us being six all the time, but that it is about as far as we’ve got at present, and we half think of stopping there.” ~ A. A. Milne, from the introduction to his book When We Are Six


When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

~ A. A. Milne (1882-1956), English poet and writer and father of Christopher Robin

1 comment:

GretchenJoanna said...

I have a habit of reciting this to any child I meet who is having his sixth birthday. Most of them are unfamiliar with the verse, and they all seem to enjoy it. :-)