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 your 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.
*By Kahlil Gibran
I was delighted to come across the Living Arrows project by I Heart Snapping, a project to show the beauty, magic and wonder of childhood through a parents eyes by taking a photo of whatever you wish as long as it represents your children and their wonderful age of childhood. The best thing about this project is that there are no rules or restrictions, anything goes. You don't need to take a portrait shot every week, you can simply take a picture which represents a moment from your childs week, a messy playroom, toys, artwork by your child, it's up to you, it's all about what captures your imagination. Below is my picture for the first week of Living Arrows. I love the thoughtful look on Tyler Lee's face, I definitely have a thinker and daydreamer on my hands.