Smells of Senegal, London Underground and Khalil Gibran on Children

20 Apr

1  Such a lovely thing – when I use my hairdryer, it blows out the beautiful incensey smell that was in our apartment in Pikine in Senegal bringing back all those lovely memories.

2  We’ve just bought a new shower curtain with the Tube map on it! Click on it to make it big enough to read.

London Underground Map on our new shower curtain

3  I’ve just come back from the run-through of tomorrow’s Baby Naming Ceremony, firstly a beautiful drive down to Potager Garden though lanes lined by ancient  trees and then the words of the Ceremony which contain the following from Kahlil Gibran, words that Mr S and I love and the philosophy which we tried to keep in mind while bringing up our own four children:

“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.”



Posted by on April 20, 2012 in books, home, poetry, Senegal, senses, travel


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4 responses to “Smells of Senegal, London Underground and Khalil Gibran on Children

  1. dhphotosite

    April 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I like the poem and isn’t amazing how smells can bring on so many memories. Love the shower curtain.

    • mybeautfulthings

      April 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

      Whenever we paint a room, I am immediately taken back to the last time we decorated and that smell was there and I can often remember the radio play that I was listening to at the time. Wonder why I can’t remember where I left my keys?! The shower curtain is going to provide entertainment every morning! 🙂

  2. mybeautfulthings

    April 21, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Thank you for your blessings. I think it will be a beautiful Ceremony. We hope the April showers will hold off for a couple of hours so that we can be in the lovely Potager Garden as planned.
    The Prophet does indeed make a beautiful gift and is always appreciated. How lovely to have a copy with such an inscription.

  3. grandfathersky

    April 21, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I have given The Prophet as a gift more times than I can remember … My current copy I got a the library booksale for $1.00. It has an inscription on the inside from a girl to her friend, “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself’ Lisa ’67 …
    Blessings for your naming ceremony … – gs


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