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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

hibernating, cherishing, reflecting:

On Children
by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For
they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which
you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but
seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so
He loves also the bow that is stable.

8 comments:

  1. Katepai6:08 PM

    Yes I see a scrap booking page. Do you have my e mail address. Merlin obviously has yours. I will get it and be a regular stay in touch friend cos I miss your up ness that rubs off on me so lovlilee.

    Kate

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  2. I remember my parents having this on our wall when I was a child.

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  3. sarah bean6:55 PM

    ooh, from one of my favourite books

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  4. Anonymous8:23 PM

    Yes, indeed.

    Your turn for this now! It's not easy, but it's the only way.

    B

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  5. Anonymous8:42 PM

    "The memories of all the things you've done and said together will always occupy a special place in your heart, and no one can take them away from you - they will live on, in and with you."
    Tess
    27 Mar 1998

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  6. You're doing life beautiful katie girl - 'twill be sweet my love

    xx

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  7. Lucky you have bred boomerang kids, hey? They'll keep re-directing themselves back home for some Mummy-Love, and to remind themselves how cool their siblings are, and to check out the contents of the fridge and pantry, and while they're there, they may as well get a load of washing done, too.....xoxoxo

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  8. Oh my Gosh i can not believe your boys are 12 and 10!!!!! They were teeny tiny cutie toddlers when i first met them!!! Actually now that i think about it they were younger than my girls are now!!!
    Lots of Love Jess
    (p.s and Javi and the kids!!)

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katie's chatterbox - ha! i think that's funny! but i'm sKATEy like that.