Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Note to Self

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.


Roan said...

What a beautiful poem!
I have actually read (maybe in the paper some time...) that using paper products (not styrofoam!) instead of running the dishwasher multiple times is better for the environment. Who knows? Certainly not me! You can educate me! I just don't like unloaded the dishwasher multiple times a day. :)

Amy said...

This is a great reminder to keep our priorities in line and to try and focus on the most important(people) and worry less about the insignificant(things). Thanks for the encouragement.

Monica said...

I really love your blog! I have been reading for a few weeks now. You have such great recipes and family ideas. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate you!!

Laura at By the Bushel said...

I hear you on the 'extremeist' warning... something to not take lightly....
I took the boys fishing today, just left the house, so not to make more dirty dishes, and headed out, crickets & poles in tow.. Thanks for this poem, from such a busy mom, it means alot. Thanks, Laura

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