Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

I love this poem on becoming a parent. The truth of this conflicting expectation of letting go yet holding fast is so much more apparent now as we wake up to watch Bennett sleep. He's already changed quite a bit in two weeks, I can't even begin to fathom how it will be in two years.
Anyhow, Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there whose roots remain deep as you see your little birds grow and fly.

Ode on the Whole Duty Of Parents

The spirits of children are remote and wise,
They must go free
Like fishes in the sea
Or starlings in the skies,
Whilst you remain
The shore where casually they come again.
But when there falls the stalking shade of fear,
You must be suddenly near,
You, the unstable, must become a tree
In whose unending heights of flowering green
Hangs every fruit that grows, with silver bells,
Where heart-distracting magic birds are seen
And all the things a fairy-story tells;
Though you should possess
Roots that go deep in ordinary earth
And strong consoling bark
To love and to caress.

--Frances Cornford



Hi Guys,
Contratulations on the baby. He is adorable. I told Tony that Miaia and Bennent are going to gett married. He said she is not allowed to date until she is 32 or she is going to become a nun. Problem: they are not catholic.
Can't wait to see you all on the bid 4th of july party. Tony and Melanie are coming too.

Holly and Tom

starlightsound said...

Ha ha! That's ok, Bennett is a "catholic" name yet we're not practicing either!