When We Were Small

When We Were Small

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are small matters
compared to what lies within us.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winter Horse


  • camsgranny - January 15, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    This just hit me at the right time…THANK YOU so much for this you have no idea…ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Lee - January 15, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Very beautiful Barbara ~ could feel the emotional charge with each verse. x RobynReplyCancel

  • Bam's Kitchen - January 15, 2013 - 9:50 pm

    I have a tear running down my cheek and I have goose bumps! Barbara it is beautiful. Hugs to you. BAMReplyCancel

  • Shira - January 15, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Beautiful Barbara! Lovely poem & quote – thank you! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Eha - January 15, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Yesterday was but a cancelled cheque and tomorrow a promissory note: it is the today which counts . . . when we were small . . . when we learned what it all was about, this > brought us to today . . . .ReplyCancel

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations - January 15, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    So beautiful Barbara xReplyCancel

  • Clanmother - January 15, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    And so we continue…ReplyCancel

  • ChgoJohn - January 15, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    A beautiful and special post, Barb. Your verse, the photo, Emerson’s words. You’ve combined them all to create a moving piece. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - January 15, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    Amazingly put. As always beautiful words!ReplyCancel

  • The Healthy Flavor - January 15, 2013 - 10:47 pm

    Moved me. Touched me. Made me think of my daughter. Thank you. I always enjoy your posts.ReplyCancel

  • thecompletecookbook - January 15, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    :-) Mandy xoReplyCancel

  • Tandy - January 16, 2013 - 1:06 am

    What an apt quote and beautiful poem Smidge! Last night my sister found photos of us as kids so this title was perfect for me today :) ReplyCancel

  • niasunset - January 16, 2013 - 1:22 am

    What a beautiful post, your poetical spirit talks into the words and also in these amazing photographs. Fascinated me so much, Thank you dear Barbara, with my love, niaReplyCancel

  • Food,Photography & France - January 16, 2013 - 1:44 am

    Lovely post. Glad we haven’t got that much snow – I’m cold enough as it is:)ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 8:46 pm

      These photos were taken after a heavy snowstorm up on Silver Star Mountain.. just before an afternoon of snowmobiling. Calgary had snow.. and now it’s gone, it’s been chinooking these last few days:) Stay warm!ReplyCancel

  • Misky - January 16, 2013 - 2:28 am

    Wise words, Barbara. Gorgeous photos, too.ReplyCancel

  • originalapplejunkie - January 16, 2013 - 2:37 am

    What an amazing piece :) ReplyCancel

  • Chica Andaluza - January 16, 2013 - 3:53 am

    Beautiful – very moving…ReplyCancel

  • Choc Chip Uru - January 16, 2013 - 3:55 am

    That was simply beautiful my friend…

    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • Profiteroles & Ponytails - January 16, 2013 - 4:22 am

    While my hands are often pressed against crayoned papers these days, I know it won’t always be this way. Thanks for the reminder to embrace and enjoy each stage, as each one leaves an imprint on our hearts differently. Beautiful post Barb.ReplyCancel

  • hotlyspiced - January 16, 2013 - 5:03 am

    What beautiful words, Smidge. I love browsing through book shops – it seems such a great way to spend time. One day I found a children’s book, ‘When You Were Small’. It was beautifully illustrated with great words and I loved to read it to my son. Your beautiful words reminded me of that book xxReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 8:50 pm

      I looked for this book.. I wondered if it was one from my teaching days.. but it is a newer one, I’ll have to look for it:) I love remembering my kid’s books. xxReplyCancel

  • Norma Chang - January 16, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Very touching, as I read your poem, I thought of the different growth stages of my kids, thanks for a trip down memory lane. Love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.ReplyCancel

  • spree - January 16, 2013 - 6:44 am

    What a heart-grippingly, hauntingly beautiful poem, Barb. What parent doesn’t know something of this? I’m grateful for such honesty as you bring to this space Smidge. Such quality and integrity mark your work. Thank you for it. And your photos break my heart wide open!! Exquisiteness here this morning. xxxReplyCancel

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  • sallybr - January 16, 2013 - 7:12 am

    Beautiful poem! Wonderful quote, wonderful photos, made me think and look inside.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie J Ronan - January 16, 2013 - 7:23 am

    How do you do that, how do y?ou write from my heartReplyCancel

  • viveka - January 16, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Barbara, is there anything you can’t do ????? Not a poem girl, but I really like this one – and the photos – stunning, especially the last, the close up. Always so wonderful to visit your world.ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 8:52 pm

      I thought those horses were so sweet.. they were quite friendly and curious:) xxReplyCancel

      • viveka - January 18, 2013 - 4:26 am

        Your shots are good, especially the last … personal am I a bit afraid of horses. Stunning animals, but when they come closer they are really high and big. ReplyCancel

  • gastrogardener - January 16, 2013 - 8:21 am

    With my first child about to turn 21, this rings so true. Thank you for the gentle moment.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - January 16, 2013 - 8:39 am

    Brought tears to my eyes. I’m hanging this one on my office wall. It’s a beautiful reminder of the important things in life. Thank you Smidge.ReplyCancel

  • Judy @Savoring Today - January 16, 2013 - 8:56 am

    This brought so many images to my mind, things remembered, cherished, some forgotten until your words stirred them awake again. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Karista - January 16, 2013 - 9:47 am

    You are one of my favorite writers Smidge. You make the written word a piece of art. Love!ReplyCancel

  • bitsandbreadcrumbs - January 16, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Beautiful and beautifully haunting. You’re so gifted, Smidge. Thanks for sharing those gifts with us.ReplyCancel

  • Vinny Grette - January 16, 2013 - 10:02 am

    What a beautiful blog you have! I tried to do a photo index but found it took a lot of time. Are you on WordPress? Is there an easy way I just haven’t yet discovered? I’m a member of food bloggers of Canada too but haven’t participated yet. Looks like it has done well by you – not to mention your wonderful content!ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 16, 2013 - 6:05 pm

      If you want to email me I can go into more detail. If you have categories.. Click on the category you want (eg. Appetizers) and copy the url in your browser. Then select and upload the photo you wish to use as the button for your photo index Appetizer category. Once it’s uploaded, change the url (at bottom right) and paste in the url you’ve copied. That makes the photo redirect to your category page Appetizers when you click on it. As long as you have each of your posts categorized.. They all automatically appear for you:)ReplyCancel

  • Eva Taylor - January 16, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Incredible photos, it looks like you’re getting hit hard with snow. All of our snow melted last week when we had our warm front move in, now it’s chilly again and we’ll be getting our’s on Friday. Wish us well.ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 8:56 pm

      We did have snow.. but these photos are from Vernon on Silver Star mountain. It had just dumped and the area was magical! I hope your snow isn’t too bad tomorrow!! xxReplyCancel

  • pjb1943 - January 16, 2013 - 11:35 am

    Wonderful poem, Barb. Brought back a lot of memories. The pictures are great also. Are they recent – are you really getting that much snow? Luckily, ours has come more in the form or rain recently. We still have Feb/Mar to go though.
    Best to ya.

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 8:58 pm

      Just over Christmas when we were in Vernon for X-Country skiing. I would love if it was rain here.. it would be nice and green, not to say warmer:)ReplyCancel

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  • cravesadventure - January 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    Beautiful – gave me goose bumps – brings back the memories for me:) Have a Great One!ReplyCancel

  • Three Well Beings - January 16, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    This is a powerful poem. I want to print it out and keep it close. It is very special. oxoReplyCancel

  • shannon - January 16, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    your poem is beautiful, Barbara; just beautiful. I have tears in my eyes.ReplyCancel

  • Coleen Patrick - January 16, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Beautiful post Barbara . . :) ReplyCancel

  • writerwannabe763 - January 16, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    So touching and beautiful…DianeReplyCancel

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial - January 17, 2013 - 2:10 am
  • petit4chocolatier - January 17, 2013 - 3:57 am

    Beautiful poem Barbara! Reminds me of my children whom are now 20 but still need a hidden hand of help. I know I have said this many, many times.., your blog is so elegant and lovely. The horse pictures are stunning, and I love the quote!!ReplyCancel

  • rachnasirtaj - January 17, 2013 - 4:40 am

    WOW !! Thank you xxReplyCancel

  • Sarah - January 17, 2013 - 6:27 am

    Just wow. I’ve been speechless since I read this the day it came to my email. I’m still speechless, but wanted to let you know that it’s beautiful….and sticking with me this week. xxooReplyCancel

  • divaofdelicious - January 17, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Both of my big kids moved out of the house since the new year so this poem is so touching and meaningful. Thank you for arranging these mom feelings into such beautiful words :) ReplyCancel

  • glutenfreezen - January 17, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    What beautiful words, Barb. And some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen! xoxoReplyCancel

  • musingmar - January 17, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    Your lovely poetry touched my heart. Sometimes I almost cannot bear the achingly sweet nostalgia of looking back through photo albums of my children when they were little. I treasure them now, but miss those little hands and sweet upturned faces. But, oh, how I am blessed to have new little hands to hold, sweet voices calling “Nana!” and outstretched arms reaching up for hugs that fill me with joy and take me back to when my children were little. I hope you have the blessing of grandchildren someday.ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 17, 2013 - 9:02 pm

      I can’t wait to have grandchildren and I hope I am blessed with at least one:) Thank you for this reminder.. there is so much to look forward to, isn’t there? xxxReplyCancel

  • cecilia - January 17, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    gorgeous, gorgeous.. I would love to have a horsey.. cReplyCancel

  • kateshrewsday - January 18, 2013 - 8:16 am

    Really affecting, Barbara. A beautiful poem and just gorgrous pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - January 19, 2013 - 5:43 am

    Beautiful and well written…thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria - January 19, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Beautiful! LOVE the second photo!ReplyCancel

  • jdtphotography.co.uk - January 21, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Barbara, the words and images a truly wonderful. Is there to be a book soon?ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen O'Donnell - February 1, 2013 - 9:47 am

    My heart is full – and breaking. Lovely and rich and full of mother-truth.ReplyCancel

    • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - February 4, 2013 - 11:36 pm

      This one was difficult to write.. there is a story behind it and many tears as well. Some day I’ll share the rest of the story. I hear there are poetry books called Chap Books, where an author publishes a small, inexpensive book of poems. Thanks so much for your kind words.ReplyCancel

  • Keep Calm and Eat On - February 5, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Barbara, this poem, I have read over and over again. It has this capacity to reach deep down into your heart and tug it and squish it…I don’t even know if I can explain how beautifully it lays in my head and heart. You have a special talent, very special.ReplyCancel

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