A very special (and personal) connection: My grandpa, Rudyard Kipling and PoemsToGo.org.
By Amy Miller.
Rudyard Kipling’s birthday is approaching. The great British poet, short-story writer and novelist was born in Bombay, India on December 30, 1865.
I often think of Kipling for a very important – and very personal – reason.
When I was little, my grandfather (I called him Papa Sam and I loved him to bits) used to read to me at night. Those were some of my favorite times. More often than not, he would select the works of England’s marvelous Rudyard Kipling.
I remember being all cozy and snuggly under the covers and grandpa would sit in a chair reading Captains Courageous and The Jungle Book and Kim. One very special time grandpa got all excited because he was going to read me a short story which he loved very much. It was one of his “all-time favorites,” he said. It was called “The Man Who Would Be King.”.
Tell you the truth, I didn’t understand too much of what he was reading back then. All that stuff about British soldiers in India and the like. But I loved hearing grandpa’s wonderful, mellifluous voice. It was soft but strong, fun and soothing; perfect for sending me off into a blissful sleep. I’m not sure, but I think grandpa used to keep on reading, even after I had long made my departure to dreamland.
Years later, when I was all grown up and grandpa had passed on, a group of us went to the movies. We had no firm idea in mind as to what we’d see, but one of the girls said there was a great new movie starring her two dreamboats, Sean Connery and Michael Caine. She said she didn’t remember the name. Maybe, she suggested, we could go and see that. You can imagine my surprise when I saw the marquee at the theater. The movie was “The Man Who Would Be King.” It was a beautiful film representation of, yes, a great story. I was enthralled by that film from beginning to end. The plot was marvelous. And Connery and Caine were gorgeous as ever. But I suppose I loved it most because it made me think of all those nights as a little girl, tucked safe in bed and listening to grandpa’s beautiful voice as I wafted off to sleep. I’m pleased to say that “The Man Who Would Be King” became one of my all-time favorites, too.
That’s the power of great literature. And the enduring impact that words and poetry can have on our daily lives. At my company, http://www.PoemsToGo.org, we provide personal poetry, speeches and toasts – custom-created specially for your birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and all of your biggest events in life. While we don’t have a Kipling on staff, we do promise to give you poetry and stories (in the form of speeches) that you’ll remember forever. Perhaps we can write poems for your special occasions. We’ll make them as memorable as anything, even the works of Kipling, as read by a doting Papa Sam to an enraptured, sleepy little girl.