Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Babies don’t keep.

Being the mom of a little one with a life-threatening, incurable disease really teaches you to enjoy the moment. I oftentimes catch myself appreciating the littlest things…

And today, I read this poem on another blog and felt the need to share.

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, 1958


  1. Love this! My house has been a disaster zone all week, but all for the right reasons! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love this! Just might borrow it from you. Thanks for sharing.