Back to School

right-time-to-put-your-tot-to-school-1“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.

The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

firstdayofpreschooland He bends you with His might

that His arrow 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.”       

~Khalil Gibran

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9 Responses to Back to School

  1. blessings on your little “arrow.” Psalm 127.4-5

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  2. The right reminder to all parents, young and old, that our children don’t belong to us but only, pass through our care. Sovereign, little persons deserving the greatest respect.

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  3. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I wonder what Gibran meant by “You may give them your love but not your thoughts.” Surely he saw the value in “thoughts” in the categories of instruction, training, and discipline. Another line, “He bends you with His might that His arrow may go swift and far” reminds me of how much we learn as parents (patience, self-control, problem-solving, love and loss, etc.) as God bends us to benefit our little arrows. A thought-provoking poem for parents and grandparents alike! Thank you, Mitch.

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  4. With Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Keith Gordon. To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.


  5. mitchteemley says:

    Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:

    Parents: You are the bow in the Archer’s hands.


  6. Yu/stan/kema says:

    This is one of my favorite poems.

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