Celebrating Christopher Robin Milne's 90th Birthday

August 20, 2010

Christopher Robin Milne, Winnie the Pooh's closest friend, grew up to become a humanitarian.

Characters in the children's classics remain forever young, unspoiled by real world circumstances where children have to grow up and dreams fade away and give way to facts. Christopher Robin Milne, better known to millions of children worldwide as Christopher Robin and as Winnie the Pooh's best confidant, would have been 90 years old on August 21, 2010 if he had not passed away in 1996.

In the Winnie the Pooh books and stories, Christopher Robin led a life conversing and playing with Pooh the bear and his other friends. But in real life, Christopher Robin Milne led a contrasting and complicated life. In his later years, Christopher Milne made use of his fame to good effect.

A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh stories and books, named the only human character in his books after his only son, Christopher Robin Milne. As a young adult Christopher Robin Milne did not like the unwanted fame that his name brought him. After sustaining injuries during World War II, his relationship with his father deteriorated. He moved to a small village in England with the company of his wife.

In the following years he did not like it when people would recognize him and ask him for a photo with their kids. But later on he somehow managed to be at peace with himself and his fame. He started charging people 10 Pounds for a picture and would donate the entire money to Save the Children.

At the age of 52, Christopher Milne came to terms with his literary roots and started to pen his autobiography. He went on to write several autobiographical books.

For many generations to come Christopher Robin Milne will be the sweet boy who played in the forests of Ashdown with Pooh, Owl and his other friends. Yes, he did have problems as an adult, but what is satisfying for his admires is that during his later years he was able to transform himself into a person with literary capabilities and strived to help others.