“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

English: Acadia National Park (Bubble Pond), Maine

When I awoke this morning my back was throbbing and my heart was heavy. I shuffled about washing each of the many dishes that hadn’t come clean in our dysfunctional dishwasher. My husband read to our children and I welcomed a bit of time to experience myself and dive down into what was causing me pain. It was both physical and emotional. I washed a mountain of silverware. I fed my sweet kitty, wishing there were still two. I took a shower. And then I discovered that my baby Adrian – oh so quickly transforming into a little boy –was ready to nurse and possibly return to sleep having been awake since the first glimpse of sunlight. I picked him up marveling at his new ability to communicate. He has recently named nursing, “deet-deet” and his blanket is called “night-night.” When I asked him if he wanted to sleep he shook his head up and down a resounding, “yes.” We climbed the stairs. I nestled my face into his soft cheek and neck. He fought me as I changed his diaper and kept telling me, “deet-deet.” I felt my heart softening when I looked into his eyes. Who could be unhappy looking into those deep, hazel eyes? When I finished I turned on his air-filter and closed his shade. A sliver of light shone through on us, the side of the shade propelled forward by an air-conditioning unit in its path. I sunk into the rocking chair, Adrian delighted to be nursing. I found his still-plump baby hands with mine and admired the dimples at each of his knuckles. Children are so beautiful, I thought. I traced my hand along the silken skin of his arm coming into the brilliance of this moment, thinking too about the power of my children to ease my troubles. I don’t mean this in the unhealthy, they-alone-need-to-make-me-happy kind of way. I mean it in the, “how can I be in the midst of such beauty and not feel the presence of God, of something so much bigger than me?”

I found myself thinking also of the scene I’d witnessed the day before. Visiting friends at their cabin on the water I swam alone out to a giant rock about fifty feet from the shore. My friend aptly described it as, “not far but still a world away.” I’d felt so alive swimming out to that rock through crisp water. I found my footing on a slippery surface then made my way to the top of the rock and finally stood, taking in the scene surrounding me. I was technically standing on a rock in a pond but it felt more like I was in the center of a very large lake or even a river, the water passing me by like a current. I was also surrounded by tall Pines and stood for a moment mimicking their reach, arms raised upward toward the giant, bulbous clouds above me. I relaxed into the moment and finally stretched out on my back on the rock soaking in the sun’s powerful rays now poking out from behind the clouds. I gazed over at the shoreline, at my family, at my friend’s family. It was such a lovely site – each child in their own unique place of development. One decked out with snorkel gear and a life jacket knee deep in water, another sitting in a kayak popping her head in and out each time lighting up the shore with her smile. I experienced such joy thinking back to this scene. I found myself lifting from the fog that I had awakened with. Slowly, gradually I found a shift occurring inside of me. I didn’t want to miss any of this – not even one moment of these beautiful children and their brightness. The thoughts that were making me feel low suddenly began to seem less significant, surmountable. Adrian was asleep in my arms now. I rose carefully, nestling him over my shoulder. I walked to his crib and put him down, quietly giving thanks for this beautiful creature.


8 thoughts on ““The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  1. aalif

    So true.. my mother has been angry and depressed for most of her life. A woman who didn’t leave the house for weeks, and nothing really helped until my son was born two years ago. Now she’s come back to joy and life — y’day she got a cool new haircut and bought new shoes and clothes! There is truly healing power is the children.

    1. meghannathanson Post author

      Thank you for your very kind words …. I would love to be a part of the blog hop! I’m going to go and see if I can figure out how to do that …
      I look forward to reading your blog too. xoxoxo

      1. Cassie

        I just wanted to stop back by and say thanks so much for linking up! You are such a wonderful addition to the hop! I hope to see you next week, friend!

  2. meghannathanson Post author

    Thank you. I visited your blog as well and your post about your Grandfather brought tears to my eyes. Very powerful. I look forward to reading more …

  3. Pauline

    So beautiful! Our children are my life, too! They soften the pains of challenge (Lost both parents when I was only 25, a new mom myself, they, mom and dad, dying within 5 months of one another at 54 and 57 respectively.) Kids do heal the soul, very much~they are light, they are love, they tell it like it is, and live in the moment, drawing us so in! Grateful God blessed me with one more child, our 3rd, after 5 years of waiting for her! He knew what He was doing…for our oldest, now will finish her senior year in college, our son departs for college next week, and I am left with the gift of Grace, our youngest, so not ready, nor will I ever be…for the empty nest! Beautiful post! ❤ Thank you!


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