Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dolls you want to Keep...

When our son was an infant my husband used to sing to him the song "The Lion sleeps tonight". It's such a beautiful song and the perfect Lullaby. It kept going through my head as I was sewing up this little doll here.

Now our boy is 14 going on 15. We sent him to Germany this summer. We gave him up for two whole months, so he could learn some German and find his German roots. It's been a tough time. We have missed him intensely. Only a few more days until his return.

Learning to let go is part of being a parent. We all know the day when we have to let go for good is coming. Each days is just part of this practice...

Or in the words of Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are 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 make 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 also loves the bow that is stable.” 

I get very attached to my dolls, too. Like the little doll with the lion outfit I just finished. I love her so much. I haven't had the energy to list her in my shop. Got so many listed and nothing is selling anyways right now. So I may keep her just a little while longer to keep me company as I wait for the return of our son from Germany....


ANNASOER said...

Hi Ulla. Already visited your fb pages today, but now became a member here on your blog as well. I make dolls myself, but not so many (I sculpt wood too).
I like reading your blog (so keep on writing Ulla!)and wish you lots of succes! xx

germandolls said...

Thanks for the comment and visiting, Anna! Now I wonder how one sculpts wood?

ANNASOER said...

Hi again Ulla, if you go to the page on my blog where I write something about me in Dutch (you can translate it if you are interested): the page is called 'de poppenmaker' (the dolls maker), you will find an example of what I sculpted out of wood. So you are welcome to check it out if you are stil wondering! ;)