Your children are not you 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 eleventh week of Living Arrows. This picture was taking in my parents garden on a gloriously sunny spring day. My boy was playing with the dog once again and enjoying swinging high up into the air on his swing. I like this shot as the grass looks so lush and green, the light is really bright thanks to the warm sun and it seems as though my little one is doing a pose, he's so funny!
Next week marks 12 weeks of Living Arrows, that's three months, it absolutely amazes me how fast time flies by!