Friday, April 22, 2011

For thought...

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,

I didn't make the bed,

I took his hand and followed

Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,

My little son and I...

Exploring all the great outdoors

Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,

We wandered through a wood...

My kitchen wasn't swept today

But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade

And now my small son knows

How Mother Bunny hides her nest,

Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,

We climbed a sunlit hill...

Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,

We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,

That I didn't brush the stairs,

In twenty years, no one on earth

Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy

To noble manhood grow,

In twenty years, the whole wide world

May look and see and know.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Great poem. I agree it is important to have your priorities in line so that you don't miss these kind of opportunities. It's important to capitalize on these opportunities when they come along. But there is also a time for everything. A clean house can be a service and act of love for your family. It provides a safe harbor for your family that gives a sense peace and order.

Like everything in life I guess it is just about striking the right balance. Wish there was just a magic formula for it all.