I won’t die, I have a son.

Je ne mourrai pas, j’ai un fils.

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“C’est un proverbe arabe, d’Oman je crois. Je me le murmure souvent depuis que je suis père, quand j’écris et que je l’imagine, devenu grand, penché au-dessus de mon épaule. Lui, c’est notre enfant: voilà cinq ans qu’il nous a offert, à sa mère et à moi, une forme d’immortalité, en ce sens que nous nous sentons encore plus vivants avec lui, merveilleusement plus vivants. Ses regards, ses rires, ses questions, l’observer jouer, l’entendre chantonner… Pas seulement un prolongement temporel, mais un embellissement de la vie, qui soudain n’a plus de limites: plus ample, plus surprenante, plus chargée de sens, de joie et d’une certaine gravité aussi. Une vie qui nous oblige à nous demander, à chaque instant: que voulons-nous transmettre?”

J’étais fasciné par ces phrases. Christophe Ono-dit-Biot est un journaliste et écrivain français.

” ‘I won’t die, I have a son.’ It’s an Arabian proverb. I murmur it often to myself since I’m a father. When I’m writing and I imagine him grown up, leaned over my shoulder. Him, it’s our child: voilà five years that he has given us, me and his mother, a certain immortality, meaning that we feel even more alive with him. His glances, his smiles, his questions, watching him playing, listening to him singing.. Not only an extension in time, but an embellishment of life, which suddenly has no limits anymore: more vast, more surprising, charged with a meaning, with joy and a certain gravity. A life that forces us to ask ourself every single moment: what do we want to pass on?”

I was fascinated by those sentences written by the french journalist and writer Christophe Ono-dit-Biot.
They’re so true, so true. Those little beings give meaning to it all, it all makes sense and everything that seemed so big before is relativised, is put into perspective and often appears so little next to them.

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