Thursday, March 17, 2011

My children are awesome!

Oh, the little joys of parenting.

We had parent/teacher conferences tonight.

We are blessed with two wonderful daughters. Each unique and doing great, above average for their grade and age.

It fills my heart with pride, but also with a little sorrow for those children that do not have the sources, or the opportunities my children have.

They have wonderful teachers, and are surrounded by lots of love.

My children are awesome. The most wonderful gift that God has given me. And I am grateful for it. But I know they really don't belong to me.

When I was only a teenager, I read Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet". One of its pages, titled "On Children", gave me the inspiration for what I wanted my relationship with my children to be one day. And I always remember...

On Children
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 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.

Love you, my children. Thank you for being you.


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