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 am taking part in I Heart Snapping's weekly Living Arrows project, a photography project to capture an image which represents childhood to you through the actions, likes, dislikes, looks and movements of your own children. Below is my picture for the forth week of Living Arrows. Can you believe that it's the last week of January already? Oh how time flies when you're having fun! This week I took Tyler Lee out into our garden for his first proper exploration of it. We had a scorching hot summer but the baby was far too small to enjoy our garden. He now loves being outside, looking at the birds, playing with the stones, both picking them up and kicking them with his feet. He likes to look up at the sky and the trees and have a quiet think for himself. I love this picture, to me he looks like a little angel who just landed in his garden. The way the collar of his jacket pops out reminds me of angel wings and he's so cherubic with his golden curls. I love the scene behind him, it looks like an off the beaten path wilderness and the black and white has really enhanced everything. I simply love this picture.