Living Arrows – 1/52

Living Arrows is a weekly photo project hosted by the lovely Hayley at Shutterflies.  It takes its name from the passage by Kahlil Gibran, ‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.’

I love the imagery.  My children, created by me and yet independent from me, masters of their own lives. 

I’ve been aware of the project since before the boys’ birth but decided to wait until January ’15 to begin contributing.  I’m looking forward to having a collection that records the little things, the small details of childhood. 

You are nine weeks old.  You have one mother who is extraordinarily competent and never, ever stops smiling when she’s in your presence, which is virtually every minute of your lives, and then you have… me.

But we muddle along.  And we maintain good cheer even on ambitious treks through the countryside, when we discover that the pram tyre is flat.  Somehow I manage not to drop you.  You are kind enough not to cry.  We take photographs in which it appears that nothing is wrong, except that our lips and fingertips have a faint blue tinge that is a nightmare to try to edit out.  We could zip you up in our coats, except that I forgot mine.  Later I remember that the house keys were still in my coat pocket.

When we eventually make it through the front door, we warm you up on our chests, tucked under your blankets.  You fall asleep, lulled by the sounds of our beating hearts.

I hope that you always forgive my parenting failures.  I hope that they are never worse than almost dropping you, and locking us out of the house.

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  1. January 6, 2015 / 6:36 am

    I absolutely love this image and really love what you wrote. made me feel really teary and I don’t know if that’s because I’ve been up since 5am and I’m a mess right now but what you said about warming them on your chests was lovely 🙂

  2. January 6, 2015 / 10:42 am

    I’m so glad you have decided to join in this year. Your photos are wonderful as are your words.
    We all have those parenting failures, don’t let them worry you too much. The children never know xx

  3. January 6, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    At first glance I thought that image showed me the struggle of twins, then I read your text and smiled. Not because you almost dropped them but because you were honest about what you see as your failings, if these are your only failings then count yourself as blessed 🙂

  4. January 6, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful little boys! Loving finding lots of new blogs via #livingarrows xx

  5. January 6, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    These pictures are lovely, they are so cute. Don’t sweat the parenting fails, they happen to the best of us all the time. I remember crying in the car park of a retail park because I just couldn’t open the buggy. I’m sure you’ll have many more fun things to tell as time goes on… looking forward to seeing your posts.

  6. January 6, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    This is such a beautiful photo and the story behind it is brilliant. I think every mum has had a forgetful moment like that. I remember once when my daughter was only a few weeks old I stormed out of the house with her in tow, with me in a hormone induced huff, only to realise I’d forgotten my coat, the changing bag, her formula and my phone.

  7. January 7, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    The mama in this photo looks confident and content! The babies make for a gorgeous armful.

  8. January 8, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    I was so happy to see that you had joined us for Living Arrows. I recently discovered your blog and love all the photos. I think it’s good for children to see that their parents aren’t perfect and make mistakes sometimes. That’s what I tell myself anyway! x

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