To the mothers of this bulletin board

  1. I was reading through some of my archived files this evening, and thought that some of you would like this poem. I don't know who the author is.

    Thank you for all that you do.


    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 hair 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 my 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 you room!" There's no time for play.

    Well, the Lord, for some reason, chose ME with the care
    Of two 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, and 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!
  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   hoolahan
    OMG, that is so sweet and so true, I'm getting all verkelmpt over here!!!

    Thanks for posting it. I really needed that today too!
  4. by   JedsMom
    That was wonderful. I still live to here my 18 year old son say I love you mama. Thank God he says it alot. Thanks for sharing that poem.
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    I love that!
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Know I'm doing something right when 17yo is not affraid to give me a peck on the cheeck in KMART as his way of getting something he wants---knows I'll melt. He had stopped all signs of affection in 7th grade.

    14 yo still tells me he loves me.

    Another good sign is when their plate is clean in 5 minutes and they ask for seconds as "really good, I'm starving."

    Just remind myself that I have all their kindergarten and elementary school projects/lovenotes in my memory book to pull out and savor during tough times and when leaving the nest!
    That's why I like Chuck!

    :kiss Heather
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    That was wonderful. I'm reaching the part of motherhood where the older kids (20 and almost 18) are beginning to realize I've got a brain, and the younger ones (14 and almost 12) still hug and kiss me every morning and every night. It's great!
  9. by   emily_mom
    Chuck rocks...

    Very moving! My daughter can melt my heart in the blink of an eye.

  10. by   tabbeycatt
    Thanks for sharing....

    I loved that!
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
  12. by   karenG
    thank you for sharing that! my 15 yr old hates me at the moment( minor disagreement over the state of his room!) but the 11yr old still loves me!

  13. by   J-RN student
    Thanks Chuck, that was sweet!:kiss
  14. by   JonRN
    That was really nice Chuckster. There is nothing on earth like the sound of your kids or grandkids laughing, makes all my clowning worthwhile.