Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Momma is okay!

A couple of years ago, a fellow "harried old stranger" shared this with me. It has lived near my computer to remind me often of my priorities and remind me why I do the things I do and make the sacrifices I do as a mom. Despite the absence of raises, bonuses, paychecks and sometimes just adult conversation, my calling is my three boys.

The house is a mess; the dishes are dirty.
I'm too old for this stuff; I'm well over thirty!
The car is not clean; my house is a wreck.
And I've already spent next Friday's paycheck.

The laundry needs washing; the kids are too rowdy.
And I never have time for a leisurely "Howdy!"
With all that I do, it's never enough.
It's never quite finished; it always looks rough.

I looked in the mirror and what did I see?
A harried old stranger where I used to be.
The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.
Today is tomorrow, and I'm not caught up yet!

My kids are growing at such a fast pace,
That I'm missing their childhood for the sake of this race!
I work and I clean and I cook, and I say
"Hit the books!" "Clean your room!" There's no time for play.

Well, the Lord, for some reason, chose ME with the care
Of three of His children, but I'm rarely there!
I've GOT to slow down, lest there's nothing to show
For my role as their mom when they pack up and go!

I'm only one person, but look through my door.
What appears to be one divides into more!
I'm a chauffeur, a cook, a planter of trees,
A teacher, an umpire, a mender of knees.

Sometimes, I forget that deep down inside,
There's a lady with feelings, and last night, she cried.
She gets tired and lonely, feels taken for granted.
She wants to see blooms from the seeds that she's planted.

Then, amidst all the turmoil in this mind-bending pace,
My little ones look at me square in the face...
And just when I need it, they all in one day
Say "Momma, I love you" and then I'm okay!

1 comment:

Cynthia Bennett said...

I love this and Kathryn's story too!! Thanks to both of you for posting them!