"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity." ~ Gilda Radner

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Click here for more graphics and gifs!I see children as kites.

You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground

You run with them until you are both breathless

They crash, they hit the rooftop

You patch and you comfort

You adjust and you teach

You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they'll fly

Click here for more graphics and gifs!Finally they are airborne, and they need more string and you keep letting it out

But with each twist of the ball of twine there is a sadness that goes with the joy

The kite becomes more distant and you know that it won't be long before that
string will snap and the lifeline that holds you together will no longer be the same
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A child, as a kite, must be prepared to soar, as they are meant to soar,
free and alone, to the greatest extent possible

And only then can we collectively say that we have done our job.

~ Anonymous

(Thanks to Margie Schwenk, my dear friend and fellow college freshman kite flyer -- one of Daniel's  special "other moms" and favorite high school teachers -- for sharing this poem with me at just the right time.  It helped.  Love you...)


Jill said...

I love this Ann. It illustrates raising children perfectly.

Annie said...

Oh, Jilly, I love it, too. I just had to share it. It help me put everything in perspective. Thanks for stopping by!

cstern said...

Good piece!

Annie said...

Thanks, CS! Appreciate the comment! Glad you liked it!