Friday, March 26, 2010

pixie dust.

"Why can't you fly now, mother?"
"Because I am grown up, dearest. When people grow up they forget the way."
"Why do they forget the way?"
"Because they are no longer gay and innocent and heartless. It is only the gay and innocent and heartless that can fly."
"All children, except one, grow up.
They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother.
I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, 'Oh, why can't you remain like this forever!'
This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up.
You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end." (Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie)
Iggy soared through a museum, delighting older patrons who, I think, remember what it felt like to fly but can't figure out how to do it again. The octopus wished he could be as free as my passing little one, and followed him from side-to-side in the tank.
A crowd quickly gathered to witness the lump of creature that had been hiding under a rock all morning come out to play with the boy who could fly.
"I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago."
"You promised not to!"
"I couldn't help it."


Mrs. Blimes said...

you're breaking my heart!!! why do they have to grow? why?

emily said...

how completely adorable. i still wish i could fly...

JoAnna said...

Oh, this makes me teary. Delightful blog!

Mac said...

Hi Megan, yes what beautiful photographs, what a beautiful little boy, my baby was 16 last week and i wrote him a poem and made it into a beautiful birthday card for him. funnily enough it was about him growing up, I can remember the day he was born as if it was yesterday (maybe I will put it on my blog, I'm new to blogging!) Its wonderful that you were able to enjoy his soaring around the museum instead of giving out like some parents do. Treasure him because children do grow up while we are not looking!

Team Cowan said...

I need to be better at clinging to moments like that. Thanks for the sweet reminder.
And his outfit is ADORABLE. It will now be my goal to make one just like it.

*Lesli* said...

isn't peter pan delightful?

Megan Marie said...

Thank you for your sweet comments. I believe we can all relate to the feeling that time is speeding out-of-control. Peter Pan makes me feet like it's possible to hold on to given, perfect moments forever.

Christiana said...

"The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings."
— J.M. Barrie

You are raising your boys to have faith. I believe they will always fly.

Fata verde said...

I'm reading the same book right now :) and loving it :) I'm 24, and I wish I had children to read it to, but as I don't, I'm reading it to myself, to remind me not to grow up (ever, if possible).
It feels so nice to know that someone on the other side of the world reads the same book at the same time :) Thank you for that and for your beautiful blog. You truly are an inspiration for me.

Margaret said...

I think I'm going to fly with Riley right now:)

Lydia said...

I'm loving this photo set!

Bridget said...

I linked here from this post: and just admire what an incredible job you do of getting to know who your children are, who they were before they came here and how you can help them to be their best selves. Thanks for your examples of the good and the bad in your life! It helps us all.