Stones upon stones


‘Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them—a mother’s approval, a father’s nod—are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.’

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. New York: Hyperion, 2003.


  1. Thanks Simon, this is a timely quote for me, as I consider writing to two of my adult children, who have clearly ‘let me go’ and for whom now I am needing to ‘let go’. Mitch Albom’s stories are amongst my favourites and most recommended. He is an extra-ordinarily insightful man. Thanks once again for this post. Perhaps our paths will cross again one day soon.


  2. Thanks for the reminder. I have one of my daughters moving overseas in a couple of weeks. I’m going to miss her so very much.


  3. What a timely quote for me! On Tuesday I will give the eulogy and the homily at my mother’s funeral. We farewelled Dad last September. This is a good reminder of their legacy, and of ours to our children. Thanks Simon.


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