It’s one of the most soothing sounds – the beating heart. And every mother knows that listening to your unborn child’s hearbeat is like springtime that finally came.
I’m expecting my second son – who is due in a few days – and every time I have a chance to listen to his heart (via ultrasound or cardiocatography) I feel it’s connected with mine. Together we are tuned and although his heart rate is nearly twice as fast as mine, we’re in the sweetest kind of harmony.
Heartbeat is one of the most primeval sounds we know as a human race. It’s connected with life forces, connectedness and basic emotions – love, but also fear.
It’s also the rhythm that naturally entered the English language and was so powerfully used in Shakespeare’s work in a metrical form of an iambic pentameter (da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM da DUM). You might want to listen to Ben Crystal’s illuminating talk on Speaking the bright and beautiful English of Shakespeare where he explains this matter further. If you want a bit lighter view on Shakesepare’s “To be or not to be, that is the question”, watch this absolutely hilarious sketch with Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie – A Small Rewrite. I couldn’t resist sharing this Shakespeare reference in this post, as this month it’s 400th anniversary of Shakesepare’s death. I used to write about Shakespeare’s Henry V before (Ex Libris and The Wooden “Oh!”) , and I also used to write about hearts in a post titled Shape of my Heart (visualising the lyrics to Sting’s great hit).
But this time it’s about a mother-child connection constituted through our heartbeats. I share with you very intimate pictures from our family photo session and some wonderful heart-shape home decor which could easily be used in a nursery.
I hope you like it – and please cross your fingers for me! 🙂
All the best,