Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Babies!

"We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." ~Carl Jung

There were two new births in the world today. A girl - born around 5-ish a.m. my time (-4.00 gmt) and a boy - born around 10.30-ish a.m. Both are special to me. The girl is the daughter of one of my younger cousins - the beginning of a new generation. I don't know when we'll meet her in person as she's living in the US and so is many miles and yet just a phonecall away. The boy is the son of one of my closest friends... a woman who in our group is one of the mamas by virtue of her age and the amount of care she shows us.

It's only in recent years that I've grown fond of babies (I assume it's a biological thing)... Whereas before I was afraid of them (babies are super-tiny) and didn't understand them at all, now they're cute... and they like me and so I guess I like them.

I wish both families well... the new parents and the new babies... All my love and blessings.

I'd read this a long time ago... it seems so appropriate now:
Excerpt from "The Prophet" ~ Kahlil Gibran
"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said,
'Speak to us of Children.'
And he said:
'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."


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