The Domain of the Heart

The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age.  The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remain over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves.  ~Kahil Gibran

My children are growing up quickly–so quickly they will not be children soon.   This brings such a bittersweet response for a mother.  On one hand, I’m proud to have contributed to this amazing process–on the other, I’m terrified of losing them to the world.  

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Some of the most applicable advice I’ve heard or read on parenting is from the musical, “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim.  

How can you say to a child who’s in flight,
Dont slip away and I won’t hold so tight? 
What can you say that no matter how slight won’t be misunderstood? 
What do you leave to your child when youre dead?
Only whatever you put in its head
Things that your mother and father had said
Which were left to them too.
Careful what you say, children will listen
Careful the things you do, children will see and learn.

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3 Comments on “The Domain of the Heart”

  1. Carolyn Says:

    What a poignant post — I loved seeing the pictures of your kids, both younger and older. Don’t worry, I always think you sound like you have a really special relationship with your kids, and those kinds of bonds only get stronger with age. 🙂


  2. Those are some awfully cute kids you’ve got there. 🙂

  3. H. L. Dyer Says:

    Little or not so little, those are still some gorgeous kids!

    I just gave you an award!


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