Lightly Child, Lightly.

The love a parent feels for a child is strange…

It’s like trying to describe sand between your toes or snowflakes on your tongue to someone who’s lived their whole life in a dark room.

It sends the soul flying.

~ Fredrick Backman, from Beartown: A Novel (Atria Books; Tra edition, April 25, 2017)


  • Photo: Kristy G. Photography (via Newthom)
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  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”



  1. Beautiful words it really touched my heart, David. They were so true and the picture was awesome.

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  2. Bam. There is no other love like this…my mom used to say ‘it’s the one hat you can never remove’…your quote is far better.

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  3. Truth! Deep soul love 💕

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  4. roseanne333 says:

    Oh, yes. I’ve heard it described as wearing your heart outside your body for the rest of your life. Loved this, David. So perfect. Have to check out the links.

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  5. And as a childless woman, I find it strange from the other side, too.

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  6. Thanks, DK. I forwarded this to my three daughters this morning. Some day they will understand.

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  7. A Beautiful gift from a dad to his daughters. They will cherish it forever. ☺

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  8. Reblogged this on The Writers Desk and commented:
    This is beautiful.

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  9. Peggy Farrell says:

    Unconditional love….

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  10. I think it’s like trying to describe love at all. I mean, parental love goes beyond the pale. But so does romantic love, in its own way. Such a complex emotion!

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  11. Oh, this is the Ove guy.

    Parental love, and there is a certain something about the way kids love their parents. I should say sons and daughters, any age. I find that impossible to describe too.

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  12. The Love for the child and that of a child’s Love to their parents, is instantly forged, forever tattooed on the Soul…

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  13. Like

  14. Lovely, David. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  15. Oh wow. Yes. And, as ever, well timed. Mine is starting high school in a few days and yeah, I am feeling nostalgic and wishing time would stall just a bit…

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  16. radiant

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