“Your children are not your children.”
Lyrics by Khalil Gibran, from The Prophet (emphasis mine).
They come through you, but not from you.
And yet they are with you, they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
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 just like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
This post was inspired by Hillary Adams, the young woman who videotaped her abuse at the hands of her parents, Texas county judge William Adams and his former wife Hallie Adams. It is dedicated to parents everywhere who might believe, even for a moment, that they have the “right” to hurt their children.
It is also dedicated to abolishing the belief that children “belong” to anyone but themselves.
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