Christopher Robin Milne, famously, is the son of A. A. Milne and the basis for the children’s book character Christopher Robin in the series Winnie-The-Pooh. In the books, Milne’s love and respect for his son is subtle, but evident:
Christopher Robin lived at the other end of the Forest, and when he came back with Rabbit and saw the front half of Pooh, he said, “Silly old bear,” in such a loving voice that everybody felt quite hopeful again.
In any of Milne’s poems or stories, Christopher Robin is a loving boy with a tack for precocity and a deep capacity for warmth and generosity. For a while, Christopher Robin cherished his father’s stories, as he “quite liked being Christopher Robin and being famous”.
As he grew older, however, this quickly turned sour. Ridiculed for his starring role in the children’s series at high school, Christopher formed a hatred for his father’s work. In the army this only intensified, and when he returned, he spoke to his father only in the final stages of the author’s life; he did not speak to his mother ever again, and in the 15 years leading up to her death they had no communication. His wife, also his first cousin, detested Pooh and intensified Christopher’s own hatred of it. Christopher’s only daughter would later be born with cerebral palsy.
Christopher Robin gave away Winnie and his other childhood toys to the editor of the Pooh series, a final severance between himself and his father’s books. Christopher Robin, unfortunately, was blessed only on paper.
However, seemingly in opposition to all this, Christopher studied English at Cambridge and spent most of his life wanting to be a writer. Many years later, as an older man, he would dedicate himself to the preservation of the Ashdown Forest — where he spent his childhood holidays, and the inspiration for Pooh’s own home.