The Internut Speaks ... On Children

From "The Prophet"
 
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.
 
                             --Kahlil Gibran.


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