Clearly there is a cow in this child

by Alyson Khan on May 13, 2012

I recently received praise from a man at the coffee shop about my amazing children—their beauty, manners, vocabulary, personality…and the man who was complimenting them said, “Good job, Mom.”

“Thank you,” I replied. But I didn’t have time to tell him…

There are so many people who make up an endless web of support for my life as a mother, contributing time, financial support, taking my children on adventures, giving our family a borrowed cup of milk or sugar when we don’t have time to run to the store, a mug of coffee for a boost, wine for lunch (kidding), band-aids, birthday presents, laughs, and the ultimate gift of seeing my children in a different way that draws out new aspects of their potential.

It’s like Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote in his book, Peace is Every Step, “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper.” He is describing the interbeing-ness of all things.

The borrowed cup of milk came from a cow that was birthed by a mother cow that was fed by a farmer who was fed by his mother who was sustained by an endless interconnected web of love and support…

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Alyson Khan

Artist/Writer/Designer at Alyson Khan Studios
Alyson writes and edits stuff for other people and does her best to craft words so they say the right thing and sound nice. When she is not slaving over the aesthetic flow of a sentence, you might find her in the studio slaving over the correct placement of a piece of paper in a collage. She's a meditator and an inspiration junky. It sounds cheesy, but it's true.

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