Living Arrows – 38/52

The difference between the three of you is mostly this: I know her.  I do not know you.

This wouldn’t surprise me so much if I wasn’t a ‘dog person’, if I wasn’t so used  to my dependents remaining constant over the years.  Josephine now is just the same as the Josephine that I pulled out of the shelter in Greece, with whom I drove home through the snow – albeit with a haircut and a few more tricks.  But you, every day you surprise me.  Every day you do something that makes me realise how rapidly you are changing, learning, growing.  You are barely the same people as the newborns that were placed in my arms; those newborns are lost forever.

Yes, I was aware of this but only in the abstract.  I didn’t realise that so much of loving you would involve grieving you.  The babies that are here today, that are gone tomorrow.  I’m never quite ready for every new stage.

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8 Comments

  1. Emma Shilton
    September 14, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Oh I just love this photograph. Love the doggy!
    #LivingArrows

  2. Clare @ Maybush Studio
    September 14, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Beautiful Amber! I miss the younger Theo, but only for brief moments as watching him grow is like the delightful unfolding of a good plot in a novel…

  3. Emma T
    September 14, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Really beautiful photo, and gorgeous words. It’s so true we’re never quite ready for the next stage, even if we think we are. #livingarrows

  4. Jenna
    September 14, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    I love Josephine photos. 🙂

    Gorgeous post and I know exactly what you mean, I feel like I’m never ready for the ‘next stage’. It’s more than I can bear sometimes. xx

    #LivingArrows

  5. You Baby Me Mummy
    September 14, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Such a gorgeous picture huni, you are so talented x

  6. LauraCYMFT
    September 14, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    This is a gorgeous photo. Almost like Josephine is just watching over them whilst they play.

  7. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    September 15, 2015 / 6:35 am

    oh what a gorgeous shot! And yes, each new stage does come before you’re ready for it – blink and they’ll be starting school!

  8. Amy @ Very Much So...
    September 16, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    I love this photo of the three of them, very cute! #livingarrows

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