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Thursday, March 22, 2007

"So much to do, so little time??"

My sister just emailed me this poem. My mom had the last stanza of this poem in a framed needlework in our hallway growing up. I've often thought of it during these years with young children, and enjoyed reading the entire poem. It was a timely reminder of how fast these little ones grow up and how short our time is with them. It's easy to think of the "stuff" of life and how much we have to do and there never seems to be enough time. But these little lives that God has so graciously allowed us to be a major part of? There is so much to do - so much to teach them about our wonderful God and who He is - and so little precious time!

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, rockabye, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peek-a-boo).

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?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

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.

-- Author Unknown

6 comments:

FranknSteph said...

Dust in the Nursery
by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton and was published in the Lady's Home Journal in 1958 as "Song for a Fifth Child."

Found this info on another site

Alicia said...

Beautiful poem, Sarah. Thanks for sharing this. That last line made me tear up. My baby has become a little girl already . . . but she'll always be my baby no matter how big she gets!

Matt & Nicki said...

It is hard to believe my little Sara just turned four yesterday . . .it is so strange-time truly does go by so quickly! The black and white pictures of your kids are beautiful! Missing you:)

Parents Of the Kids These Days said...

Great reminder! I'm in need of it right now.

Esther

FranknSteph said...

Praying for you today!

FranknSteph said...

How was Madie's birthday?