Slow down and savor

14 Jul

Here’s one of my favorite “mommy” poems that today’s post at Is there any Mommy out there? reminded me of:

Babies Don’t Keep
by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye 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 his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But 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

Take a some time to savor your little one(s) today.  I’m going to snuggle right now.  Jenna’s watching Blue’s Clues while she’s on her feeding pump and she has an adorable way of saying, “Come.  Be my friend.” and then she puts her arm around my neck and shoulders.  There’s no feeling like it.


Posted by on July 14, 2008 in Jenna


3 responses to “Slow down and savor

  1. anymommy

    July 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Now there’s a sentiment worth spreading! I think it’s unofficially ‘savor a small moment’ day today.

  2. Stephanie

    July 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I love that poem too. I used it on my blog several months ago. It’s such a sweet and memorable little rhyme…

  3. psychmamma

    July 14, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    AnyMommy & Stephanie –

    Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re enjoying the day with your little ones today.


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