Monday, September 10, 2012

Quite Down Cobwebs

     I thought I might scream if I heard my name being called one more time. "Mommy, see! Show you!" Came the little voice over and over again.

     I want to yell, "Leave me alone! Don't you know I'm busy?!" So much to do, so little time. The "to do" list mocks me.

     "MOMMY, watch me! I show you!!" That's when I stopped and looked down at the sweet little chubby hand held out for me to take hold of. I stop and look at the sweet little face looking up at me, with pleading eyes and a tentative smile wondering if she would get "brushed off" again. That's when it hit me, like a knife through the heart.

      That's when it "hit" me. My sweet Naomi needs me!! The "to do" lists can wait. The floors can be swept later, the laundry can be put off. But my sweet children cannot! They are growing before my eyes, before I know it they wont want me to watch what they are doing. They wont want me to be part of their every moment! Before I know it, it will be too late!

Song For a Fith Child, by Ruth Hamilton. 1958
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’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.

     Is  running a house and home important? Yes. Should a  strive to have a clean organized home? Yes. Is it eternal?  No. Is my children's salvation eternal? Yes! Investing my time and energy into my children, is what is eternal!

     "Come Naomi, I want you to show me. I would be happy to watch you!" My heart burst with joy at her delighted smile.

My hands were busy through the day.
I didn’t have much time to play.
The little games you asked to do,
I didn’t have much time for you.
I’d wash your clothes. I’d sew and cook.
You’d ask and I’d read from your book.
I’d tuck you in all safe at night,
And hear your prayers; turn out the light.

Then tiptoe softly by your door,
I wish I’d stayed a minute more.
For life was short, the years rushed past,
A little boy grows up so fast.
No longer is he at my side,
His precious secrets to confide.
The picture books are put away.
There are no longer games to play.

No Teddy Bears or misplaced toys
No sleepovers with lots of boys.
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear.
That all belongs to yesteryear.
My hands, once busy, now are still.
The days are long and hard to fill.
I wish I could go back and do
The little things you asked me to do.


     Let's all try and remember to spend more time with our children. There will always be laundry, dirty floors or dishes waiting. But our children cannot wait! They grow up so fast!

Do you remember to slow down and invest more in your children? Or like me, do you struggle with always wanting to accomplish your "to do?"

For His glory,


  1. This is such a struggle for me. For years, I was the do-it-all super mom who went to school and worked. Now, with this second baby, I can't believe I let myself miss so much with the first! I'm dreading going back to work two days a week, where before I wasn't satisfied unless my schedule was crammed full!! I read over that poem almost daily... "I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."
    Kristen @ Trial & Error Homemaking

  2. Yes, this is an area that I struggle with as well! That poem is constantly in my head reminding me. I still struggle with "biting off more than I can chew"! :)


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