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The Art of Childhood mothers and children
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The Art of Childhood mothers and children

The Art of Childhood mothers and children
By Rym Al-Ghazal
December 20th, 2020

“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…” 
—The poet, painter, and philosopher Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931) on ‘children.’

‘Standing Figure and Child,’ by Khalil Gibran. Undated. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 27.94 X 17.78 cm. Image courtesy of Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.
Childhood is a stage everyone goes through

it means different things to different people. Happy, sad, beautiful, fun, difficult and ambivalent moments are all part of that experience. Here we pay homage to the deeply emotional element of motherhood that is strongly tied to our memories of childhood. Enjoy this very special collection from Barjeel Art Foundation.

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