I am looking for a poem to send to my 26 year old son for his birthday.
I am very proud of his accomplishments.... some of my choices in life he will never understand. My love for him knows no bounds. Any ideas?
If, by Rudyard Kipling
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.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so he loves also the bow that is stable.
Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931
There is nothing more thrilling in this world,
I think, than having a child that is yours,
and yet is a mysterious stranger.
Here's my suggestions:
I am very proud of your accomplishments.
I realize that some of my choices in life you will never understand.
My love for you knows no bounds.
(I'm serious about that. I'd love to receive that one, frankly.)