Friday, December 19, 2008

The Cleaning and Scrubbing Will Wait Till Tomorrow

Daniel just had his 4 month appointment! He is a very LONG 27 3/4 inches long! That puts him in the 95% for height and the 50% for weight. Doctor says he's long and lean, and doing fantastically well!

I stole this off one of my friends' blogs... but I found it extremely touching, because I often feel like I can't keep up with the mess in my house.... and that I should be able to since I'm only working 24 hours per week. Anyway, this is from a poem entitled "Song For A Fifth Child"...

Song for a Fifth Child

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 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.

By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, 1958


RNR_Runnergirl said...

Glad you "stole" it, definitely pass it on!! It made me start crying too! :-)

katienryan said...

Ryan's Mom refers to this poem with the line "Babies don't keep". But I've never read the entire poem. So true! Thanks for sharing