The Prompt 8: Reflection

The Prompt 8: Reflection

My children, so special, so loved.
I see my reflection in each of you.
I see my habits, my mannerisms;
I see my quirks and expressions.
I see my good; and my bad.
I see myself reflected by you.

My beautiful big boy, so grown up.
I see my cautiousness and care;
I see my thoughtfulness and worry.
I see my clumsiness!
We share books and films.
We share happiness in quiet, in calm,
We share a temper, we are quick to snap.
We share an approach, a love for simple.
I see your fathers face, I hear his voice.
But, you are my reflection.

My little man, so full of life.
I see my smile and hear my laugh.
I see my love for art.
I see my daydreaming distraction!
I see your fathers enthusiasm.
I see your fathers endless curiosity.
You share questions and thoughts.
You share an approach, a logic to find solutions.
You share a love of the mechanics of things.
I see my face, I hear my voice.
But, you are your fathers reflection.

My gorgeous girl, such character!
You are still unformed, still learning.
I see my nature, my love of people.
I see me on a good day, assured and fun.
I see my stubbornness!
I see an extrovert, a diva.
I see your fathers easy confidence.
I see your fathers humour and his charm.
I see your brothers, I see their smiles, I hear their laughter.
But, you reflect yourself.

It has been a wonderful journey so far; motherhood. It has taught me a great deal. And, while our children are not us, and should never be made into our image: they are unique, special and of themselves; they reflect our good and bad qualities back at us. They hold up a mirror to us. As much as they are of themselves, they are also of us.

If you have been inspired to write by this prompt, I would love it if you would link up. I can’t wait to read your posts!

If you are new to The Prompt you can find out more here.

There are a few rules…
1. Link up a new post inspired by The Prompt (although, if you have an old post that fits perfectly, I’d love to read it)
2. Please use the badge on your post or in your sidebar to guide others to the linky. I will of course share your post on Twitter in return.
3. Please visit as many others in the linky as you can – comments and encouragement are what make linkys work :)


The linky will remain open until Thursday evening, so there is plenty of time to link up.

I’m also linking this post up with the wonderful Vicky at vevivos for #PoCoLo

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46 thoughts on “The Prompt 8: Reflection”

  1. I love how you pick each one of them out and mention their good and not so good traits inherited from you! Will see why I like that when you read mine….Lovely post :) Thanks so much for hosting, I was pleased to finally link up!

    1. Thank you, it is interesting to see yourself in them, the good and the bad. Makes you think about what you’re doing at times… Loved your post :)

  2. Alexandra Mercer (Broody Me)

    One of the beautiful things about parenthood is being able to create these beings using 50% of your very own DNA, it’s incredible to see the unique beings you’ve created. I have six children and still wonder what the next one would look like. It seems almost magical carrying around all these eggs inside of us and thinking of how much potential they contain. x

    1. Absolutely, it is wonderful to see such different personalities and characters develop, they are all unique x

  3. Sara this is so beautiful. I had a similar idea forming about my take on reflection when I read your prompt this week, but you have captured it far better than I could have. I’m sorry that yet again I haven’t joined in. I love reading through the posts and will be linking as soon as I find my writing mojo ;) xxx

    1. Thank you so much, that means a lot coming from you x
      And don’t worry, never any pressure, would just love to have you whenever you feel inspired xx

  4. This is lovely. Amazing how children in one family can be so different. I always say (but not to them) that eldest has all the worst qualities of both of us and younger son has the best qualities of both of us. But my daughter is just herself! She’s a one-off (in a good way).

    1. Thank you Sarah. I think it’s so interesting how different they are, and it’s funny/not so funny to see yourself so clearly in them, the good and the bad!

  5. What a beautiful take on your prompt, Sara. I have just linked my reflections around Jumpy’s allergies. It was a difficult one to write and it took me a few days (weeks? months?). I feel exhausted! I will be commenting on everyone’s posts this afternoon. x Mel

  6. Absolutely stunning Sara, what a beautiful post and wonderful sentiments. I have a post I have been meaning to write for a while which I think fits the bill for this prompt. I will try and get it done before Thursday. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  7. I love this post! I have to admit I’ve only just had a chance to read it, and the thoughts I’ve just linked up share a similar sentiment… Your observations are so beautifully written, and make me even more excited about what we’re going to see reflected in Arthur as he grows up! Another fab prompt thank you x

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  10. Beautifully written! I love poetry. What a great way to express your reflection. So true our mini mes are reflections of us. Another amazing week of the prompt. Thanks for hosting my lovely.

        1. No worries, the linky is open for a week for a reason, I know how hard it is to keep up with everything you want to do sometimes x

  11. I love this post but so easy to read and simplistic in its layout but it’s so very insightful & perceptive of you. It’s not easy to really look and listen to your little ones and see them as people in their own right when life is so busy. A great reflection piece . It’s a lovely idea and I think I may try and do it with my little ones – hope you don’t mind!!

  12. The Free From Fairy

    I love your poem. How absolutely beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. I have only just found you but you have a wonderful blog and I love the idea of your linky. Thank you for your hard work in sharing others’ posts…

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