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Small Steps

Two of our boys are taking a big step today and “moving up”… from Middle School to High School.  Where did the time go?  We can’t help but be reminded of a poem our Dad use to read to us from A.A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young (a book we still have on our shelf, though it’s quite battered!)  It’s about the perfect place to sit and contemplate life…

Big Steps

halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where i sit.
there isn’t any
other stair
quite like

Long Stairs

i’m not at the bottom,
i’m not at the top;
so this is the stair
i always

Short Stairs

halfway up the stairs
isn’t up
and it isn’t down.
it isn’t in the nursery,
it isn’t in town.


and all sorts of funny thoughts
run round in my head.
it isn’t really
it’s somewhere else


To all of you who have children making moves this summer, whether they be big or small…  This one’s for you!

Photos via Pinterest


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  • Reply pve June 22, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Gorgeous. Reminds me of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing the light fantastic up and down the stairs. I think steps towards one’s goal are all part of life’s lessons. What a collection of fabulous steps!
    – stairway’s to heaven!

  • Reply The enchanted home June 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

    All so beautiful! That last picture is breathtaking……..have a great weekend.

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita June 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

    What lovely stairs you found! Congratulations to the graduates and their moms too! Our last moving up was a double, one from grade school and one from middle school. To say I was emotional is an understatement. 😉

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass June 22, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Love this poem!
    I have been through this, and know how emotional each step is. I remember each step as if it was yesterday. My daughter will be starting her last year in college this fall.
    These images are amazing. Such a beautiful post, you two!
    Happy Friday.

  • Reply stitchfork June 22, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Oh can so relate! Need to find that set of stairs to sit for a bit.
    Have a great weekend and congrats to the guys moving up!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply StyleLinx June 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    What a lovely post!! The photos are beautiful and it equals the sentiment! Congratulations on your boys “moving up”, what a milestone in all of your lives! xoxo

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective June 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Such a beautiful post!! I loved the poem and the gorgeous stairs you showcased….beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!! Have fun in this next chapter of your kids lives…enjoy the ride :) Happy Friday and weekend!!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Beautiful post!! We had one little guy “move up” and it is so exciting, yet almost hard to believe. The time does fly and I’m trying my darndest to enjoy each and every stage!!!

    Congrats to your boys. High School will be a blast!!
    xoxo E

  • Reply quintessence June 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    So lovely – I remember that poem well!! And so perfect for your boys’ big move, with of course beautiful imagery to match! I’ll be in that same place next year with two stepping up – to high school and out of college!!

  • Reply annie June 26, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Oh I do love this poem…perfect for the occasion. Congratulations to your boys. Next year is a big year for us, but I’m trying to enjoy each day has it comes.

  • Reply Haus and Home June 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Oh wow, these are stunning steps!

  • Reply Things That Inspire June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    This post brought a tear to my eye – we used to read this poem in our house when I was a child (and also poems from Now We are Six).

    Beautiful, beautiful images to illustrate the thoughts…what did we do before Pinterest?

    Saw some of your gorgeous products in Mrs. Howard last week – orchids – so pretty!

    – Holly

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