Living Arrows 140

24 October, 2016 6 Comments

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. – Khalil Gibran

Living Arrows – a portrait a week of my two children.




It’s Betsy’s birthday today! Happy birthday, Boo! She had her party over the weekend and it was manic and loud, but her friends are awesome and she had a great time. I still can’t quite believe she is five now and how much her and her friends are growing up. No longer are birthday cards written by parents, but proudly scrawled in the hands of Betsy’s peers. Presents are noticeably more grown up too – Hama beads and craft kits with lots of tiny fiddly things to stick on. Weirdly, while writing this I popped on the Inside Out soundtrack, not really thinking about the film (it’s just good music to work too), but I can’t help thinking about some of the themes of the film; the bitter-sweetness of growing up, how we change and move on and others’ resistance to that*. Betsy is growing up to be a brilliant girl, she’s happy and since starting school her learning has sky-rocketed and it is so, so wonderful to see this, but there is a part of my heart that misses the baby, the toddler, the pre-schooler version of Boo.

Anyway, we all needed a bit of quiet the next day so we spent a gorgeous autumnal afternoon exploring the woods in Trent Park. Arthur insisted on wearing his dragon costume, because that’s exactly what you need while walking in the woods.



*Have you ever seen Inside Out? It’s brilliant. For a film about emotions, it’s rather emotional, funnily enough. The bit that sticks out for me more than anything is when – spoiler alert – Goofball tower collapses, it just feels so devastating. I don’t want Betsy’s goofball tower to fall.

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    Emma T

    24 October, 2016

    Her face is just adorable. Happy birthday to Betsy. And why not wear a dragon costume, he looks ace. #livingarrows
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    emma me and b make tea

    25 October, 2016

    happy birthday Betsy and a dragon outfit for the woods sounds perfect?! #marvmondays

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    Madeline (This Glorious Life)

    25 October, 2016

    Inside Out really got me, it was so well thought out. Lovely photos, somehow the dragon outfit makes sense in the woods! x #LivingArrows

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    26 October, 2016

    Hi Charlotte, a big Happy Birthday to Betsy. It sounds like she had a good time. Watching them grow and change is a bitter/sweet experience; knowing they will not be small forever, but being proud of the people they are becoming.

    I do like Arthurs style. If I could get away with wearing a dragon suit in the woods I probably would too!

    I have never heard of the film Inside Out. One to check out may be?

    Thank you for linking up to the #MMBC

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    29 October, 2016

    I love Arthur’s costume – too cute, plus his moody face! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Betsy!! I don’t think i realised our children were so close in age – Athena turned five literally 2 months ago x
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    My Petit Canard

    29 October, 2016

    What gorgeous photos, happy birthday Betsy! It is so bittersweet watching your little ones grow, especially as it seems to happen so quickly. Its both exciting and sad at the same time I find. I love this little capture of your week along with the pictures, so lovely. Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily


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