The Living Arrows project took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.
Every week, I shall be posting a photo taken the week before and I can’t wait to see the collection at the end of the year.
This week’s photo:
This kid, this little guy that I call mine. But he’s not mine, he’s a perfectly wonderful little being, in his own right.
He humbles me daily as he’s so happy kind and thoughtful and yesterday, as we enjoyed Mothers Day at the beach with my Mum, he outdid himself.
A little boy, a 2yr old called Teddy, settled beside us with his family. As Bear was at his age, Teddy was drawn to Bear’s Digger and dump truck that I had brought to keep him amused. They had hardly been played with today, mirroring what was happening at home. He reluctantly allowed Teddy to play with them and so I had a little chat and explained how kind he was being. I also pointed out that he had hardly touched them and how different that was to how he used to be. I reminded him that he hardly touches his Digger toys at home and quite sadly reflected that maybe he was growing out of them. I asked Bear and he said that he didn’t really want to play with Diggers anymore. It honestly made me feel so sad as for 3 years, he has lived and breathed them.
What happened next made me want to hug him forever. He went up to Teddy and pushed his toys to him and said
‘you can have these now, I don’t want them anymore’.
His Mum was a bit shocked but I said that if that was what he wanted to do, it was fine by me. They’d been played with in the garden and beach for years and weren’t in perfect condition. She insisted on giving Bear some pennies for them and I said ‘well only a couple of £’s, honestly’. Teddy left the beach with new toys, Bear left the beach with £3.65 and I left the beach with a heart swelled full to the brim with pride and love for my wonderful little man.
I couldn’t have asked for a better Mothers Day. Seeing him behave like that was the best present I could have ever received.
Thanks for reading,
Living Arrows 2017