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Changing the world...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Changing the world...

 My sweet firstborn is 5 years old today! I still look at her and am full of awe at how this little human life IS. Joy at how she is unfolding into her years.
Everyone says (and we know), that it goes fast, so fast.

Over the last few years, I have often had this phrase floating round my head:  "You are shaping another person's childhood". That is an awesome and wonderful thing, especially for those us for whom childhood has held dark times.

The power to create a big stock of happy memories.

Memories of simply being held and touched.

Memories of play, creativity, romping on the floor, silliness, inquisitve questioning.

Memories of being heard, deeply listened to and valued for what you say and are.

Memories of knowing you matter, your feelings matter and are worthy of a loving (which sometimes means firm) response.

Memories of community, of relatedness and connection to a 'tribe' of people (in our case, urban and patched together from many walks of life!).

This is our power, our responsibility as parents and carers of children - to create childhoods that whilst not perfect (for we will all bear internal wounds as well as grazes to our childhood knees) are nonetheless brimming with  goodness, connectedness, creativity and a sense of wonder that will give our little people all they need to stand tall as loving humans in the middle of a broken world. This is our power - to face up to the historical wounds that have remained toxic, unhealed and passed from generation to generation,  look them square in the eye and say "The buck stops here - the poison from this wound goes no further".

I am helping create my sweet babe's childhoods through love, kindness and hard internal work using the tools of self-awareness, honesty, grace and hope.

This is how we change the world. One childhood at a time.

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  • I am touched by your words. ..Shaping someone's childhood....Wow...I am happy for you. I am sure your little girl is happy with a mother so caring and intelligent as you.

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    By Blogger Mosaicista Appassionata, at 19 January 2011 at 01:04  

  • Wow! Fantastic and such awesomely powerful words!

    What a privilage it is to prepare our kids "to stand tall as loving humans in the middle of a broken world". So wonderful that you are aware of how much they need to be immersed in all goodness, connectedness, creativity and a sense of wonder. My own kids are just 'flying the nest' at the moment, and I realise how precious those years together have been and how they form the foundations of our continuing relationship into the future too.
    I trust that your daughter had a truly wonderful birthday.... she clearly knows how precious she is and how dearly loved!
    Sparkling blessing, sweet Concetta.
    Hugs xxxx

    By Blogger Jo, at 19 January 2011 at 20:50  

  • wow - what a powerful testament to what parenthood entails. Not sure that I live up to it, or have done, but will always try my best!

    Looks like a great party and fun was had by all. Lovely children you have :)


    By Blogger Amelia, at 20 January 2011 at 09:23  

  • Thank you for your kind words...I definitely don't always live up to my aspirations but trying is the most important part I reckon? x

    By Blogger Concetta, at 21 January 2011 at 09:14  

  • So true, Concetta. I've been thinking about this a lot--this great, incredible, wonderful responsibility that we have as parents. And it certainly does take you back to your own childhood to question, and maybe to understand. I definitely appreciate my parents now in a way I never could have before.

    Happy birthday to your little one!x

    By Anonymous Michele at A House Called Nut, at 24 January 2011 at 08:18  

  • happy birthday to you girl! She's a beauty! and that cake? so awesome!

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 25 January 2011 at 14:46  

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