Thursday, 4 October 2007

Treasure to share

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Actually I have two treasures to share. The first one is on the pictures; my Mayke, a very bright and creative girl. Mayke just had two weeks of holiday. I miss the time we did things together. That doesn't happen a lot anymore. These days I drop her off at the movies or at her friends place or provide food and a bed for her friends. In six days time she is going to be 15 years old. Time flies. It is good however to see her getting independent and confident in finding her own way. Sometimes I would like to keep her with me forever though eventhough she is the most strong willed girl in the world. That brings me to the next treasure however.

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.


  1. Beautiful poem and also a very beautiful picture.

  2. Very nice poem!
    Thank you very much for stopping in my blog!Sorry please my bad english...
    Your blog is really beautiful and interesting and I will come back!

    On 12th october we want drive for one week to holidays to the Netherlands!Maybe you know sint Maartenszee?

    See you later,Steffi

  3. Thanks Erik It's my beautiful daughter.

    Hi Steffi nice to meet you. Your English is very good and sorry I don't know St Maartenszee. Curious however were it is. Have a good trip.

  4. Thank you,Marja!I hope to hear from you soon again!

  5. Your daughter is beautiful.

  6. Do we ever really 'let go?' Methinks not.

  7. Hi Marja! Your daughter is very beautiful -- her wonderful spirit shines through too. I love this poem -- it brought tears to my eyes. It made me think a lot about my parents, who I miss more than words can say.

  8. Marja,you have a very beautiful and gracious daughter.
    Kahlil Gibran was a great philosopher. I like his writings..
    Thanks for your valuable comments
    on my blog post.
    You have a wonderful blog.I like it.
    My best wishes.

  9. Posting can be so rewarding sometimes.

  10. see you stef

    Thank you KB

    Dickiebo no we will never let go in our heart but we can let go to let them be their own person even with ideas we don't like.

    I think it is beautiful Clare esspecially the bow and arrow part

    Thank you surjit I will visit you ,
    like yours too will be back

    Thanks Annette

    I agree Steve very rewarding

  11. sorry magdalen island forgot you thanks very much

  12. You have a beautiful young lady that you are raising there Marja! I love the written piece, and brought tears to my eyes, as I struggle with my 19yr. old son and the choices that he's making. It really touched me.


  13. Yeh ambre it is really hard sometimes. We want the best for them and they don't make the right choices all the time. Wish you all the strength in the world.

  14. Marja, this is absolutely beautiful and your pics are awesome, very beautiful

  15. I really appreciate this poem that you posted. My older son just turned 17, the younger is 14, and the poem is a beautiful expression of this age... I hope you don't mind that I copied it and linked back to your site.
    Nice to meet you!

  16. Thanks you rebicmel. nice to see you

    Sue with all my pleasure. I learned a lot from it when I first read it and I wish that upon everyone.


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