seeing through these eyes

By Rachel Awes on January 13, 2011

our 12 year old, sam, told me he was thinking about something he knew i’d like but wasn’t so sure about telling me. i said pleeeeeeeeease tell me & bribed him with a back scratch.
it worked & i wrote it alongside this drawing.
i made the hair on this illustration curly & full in honor of him…but i still can’t help but draw figures mostly in the female form!
love to all you see & hear & are. xo

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  1. Diane says:

    Love it–the best!

  2. Yael says:

    Yes, I like that! Not taking things for granted, loving the eyes and appreciating them, not only seeing with them, but “seeing” through them!!! What a fellow! Give him another hug!!

  3. ELK says:

    i relish the way the two of you communicate…it will remain a special part of this time in your life .. I recall moments like theses as sacred..

  4. So beautiful, and right to the heart. How do you do it dear one!? This one is so special coming from your boy. I am always amazed at the insights that I gather from my children, and how the bring me right back out of my mind and into my body in the simplest of ways. Thank you so much for your encouraging words about our move over on my blog! xoFaith

  5. Mary says:

    what an absolutely wonderful moment between the two of you, and what an amazing meaning-full thought he had.

    back scratches so work don’t they?? 🙂

  6. How VERY sweet, I’m speechless!

  7. Melissa says:

    Oh, how I love this. Precious.

  8. AiShA says:

    that shows a heart of gold!! <3

  9. S. Etole says:

    what a gift … for both of you

  10. nacherluver says:

    How amazingly insightful! I love it!!! From the mouths of babes. Always honest.

  11. Suz says:

    That is so charming! I hear you are having snow in St. Paul. We are in caliofrnia now…for medical reasos, not just fun, but it is good to be out of the sno!

  12. Eden says:

    What a bright son you have!! Ahhh the wonders of youth!! I can remember thinking those same things!! I want to think those things again…instead i think about mundane things!! Thank him for filling us in again on what it was like back then 😀

    P.S.. concerning your drawing girls….it’s cuz female forms are so much prettier 😀

  13. Lenetté says:

    what a message to read on my birthday… that was like the icing on a cake. 😀

  14. elizabeth says:

    I like this. It makes me feel extremely lucky and blessed to have mine.

  15. Lisa says:

    Beautiful statement and moment between you and your son. I think this should be part of a series on the senses.
    *listening through these ears
    *smelling through this nose
    *feeling through these hands
    *tasting through this mouth/these buds (taste buds!)
    Maybe this concept/idea will evolve in its own way?

    As always, thank you for sharing your perspective, Rachel.

  16. Back scratches….such
    sweet moments.
    Today I became more alive
    and saw more through these
    eyes because of his
    sage words.
    What a wise and wonderful
    But then,
    he IS your boy:)
    Love and warm hugs,

  17. That is so precious♥
    Little boys are something special
    Love to you and your sweet family Rachel!
    your friend,
    Jenny 🙂

  18. chrissy says:

    not surprising from my dear deer.s dear!
    sweet sam
    sweet sweet sam
    now, i too, am grateful to be “seeing” through these eyes!
    hand over heart

  19. Oh Sam, Sam, Sam – what does the Lord have in mind for you? Keep seeing and thinking and wondering and following – and we’ll be watching. And Rachel – I’d love to see your drawings of the beautiful “other” gender. This was precious!

  20. LauraX says:

    What an amazing boy….to be so in touch with the blessing of SEEing…so many people take that for granted…and even more, the awareness of one so young…beautiful.

  21. Dee says:

    Sam is becoming a big part of your art and that is a really good thing :)♥

  22. Your sons say the most darling things! Seeing this one and the one below with da pocket full of magic makes my heart swell and my face beam. Definitely moments worth capturing.


  23. What a special an wise boy! And his passion is so catching. It is amazing that we get the honor of seeing through these eyes!

  24. Aha! What a smart, grateful little man! Gotta love it! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Ahhh…so glad to find you again!…I love your work…and thanks for the visit on my blog…….LOVE YOUR HAIR AND SMILE!!!! Blessings to you from Texas!!

  26. Oh, this vision of open arms with flowers pouring out is WONDERFUL! And I love the inspiration behind it just as much.

  27. Tammie says:

    your son is awesome!
    as is
    this wonderful sharing of art~

  28. Jennifer says:

    totally loving your art!!

  29. Ah..what a sweet post! Hi..this is my first visit to your lovely site. Such lovely work! Thanks for sharing the tender moment between mommie and son.

  30. Oh! Goosebumps! Can’t believe you pulled that out of him! No, wait, of course I can!!! Yesterday, my guy was so sad and I finally got him to reveal his thoughts: “I’m sad because I think some things are missing from life and I don’t know what they are.” I think my heart collapsed when he said it!

  31. Awww…I love this. “From the mouths of babes”. I will live & love today with a 12 year old heart! :o)

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