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 thirteenth week of Living Arrows. Last week my boys and I visited Blarney Castle, a local heritage site in our county. The grounds of the castle were in bloom with the most beautiful flowers including my springtime favourite - daffodils! I had been wanting to take a picture of Tyler Lee by some daffodils since spring began and I finally got my opportunity to during our visit. I absolutely love the shots I got. I love the lighting, the look on my little angel mans face, the burst of colour from the flowers. This is one of my favourite shots from the day and one of my all-time favourites of my boy. I think it captures the essence of spring perfectly. I was delighted to see my babe at one with nature, he was reaching out for the flowers, kicking the dirt under his feet and soaking up the sun. He's a little nature fairy for sure.