14th January 2012

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I read this book years ago but was reminded of this quote today after a lengthy talk with a friend about families and childhood and growing up. The scary thing that I took from it was the fact that we are essentially products of what we have been and experienced and you can be the best parent ever, but you’ll still put little prints and smudges on your child’s upbringing, whether it is intentional or not.

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4th August 2012

“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, 
Tears from the depths of some devine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, 
In looking on the happy autumn fields, 
And thinking of the days that are no more.” 

Alfred Tennyson

I spent yesterday looking through a few of our old, printed photos with my family and took a lovely, long trip down memory lane. It was weirdly sad to see how we have all grown up and move past our easy childhoods. Those photos reminded me of life that was a lot more simple. And although it is sad that the innocence of childhood has gone, there are more memories to be made. As L.M Montgomery wrote,

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” 

 

6th April 2012

“Why can’t you fly now, mother?” 
“Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way.” 
“Why do they forget the way?” 
“Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless who can fly.” 

J.M Barrie, Peter Pan

Today is my sister’s birthday, she has turned 16. I remember when she was brought home when she was born – I was incredibly jealous of all the attention she was getting haha but it goes to show just how fast time flies. Safe to say that all three of us still act like 5 year olds when we are together 🙂

Happy Birthday Arps x