‘There are two gifts we should give our children one is roots, and the other is wings’ — Unknown
I first came across this beautiful quote four years ago, and it still resonates with me today as the mother of a young adult.
At the time, it also helped me to reach a decision about her schooling and recognise the importance of strong and supportive friendships, especially during that phase of her life.
And now more than ever if I wish this for my child, why would I not wish it for all? For all our children to have the wings to fly and soar, and the roots to know where they can call home.
Wings — to build confidence and belief in their abilities to pursue their dreams
Roots — to know who they are, where they come from and where home is
Wings — to take some risks, try new things and seek out new horizons.
Roots — to know right from wrong and the people they can rely on and trust.
Wings — to take the lead when they need to
Roots — to hear the wisdom in their hearts when surrounded by noise.
Wings — to be open to new possibilities and opportunities
Roots — to have the judgement to weigh each opportunity with care.
Wings — for courage, when facing, risk and uncertainty.
Roots — for comfort, safety, and security in today’s world
Wings — to travel and explore the world, seek out new horizons
Roots — to grow resilient through the inevitable disappointments in life
Wings — for the friends that she will travel with on her adventures
Roots — for the friends that will be there for her when she needs them
Wings — to say yes, when needed
Roots — to say no, when needed
Roots — to know where they can retreat to when life gets a bit too much.
So, there you have it.
Until next time.