For Mothers Day in 1986, my grandmother gave my mother a poem, handwritten in caligraphy and framed in a little frame that hung over our kitchen table for my entire youth.  I used to read it all the time as a child and never really 'got it'.  She took it down years ago, and I had not given it a second thought until a few months ago when my daddy came to visit.  He had a pile of stuff that mama had sent for me, and on top was an old brown frame with a country blue mat and a handwritten poem.  He said, "your mama said she doesn't need this any more, but you do".  And now, even though it in no way matches my new kitchen with its modern traditional flair, proudly displayed with it's country blue mat is the following:
Come In
 But don't expect to find all the dishes done
and the floors ashine.
Observe the crumpled rug, the toys galore
the smudgy finger-printed door.
The little ones we shelter here don't thrive
on a spotless atmosphere.
They're more inclined to dasarray and care-
free even messy play.
Their needs are great, their patience small
all day I'm ath their beck and call
It's "Mommie come! Mommie see!"
Wiggly worms and red-scraped knee, painted
blocks piled high, my floors unshined,
the days go by.
Some future day they'll flee the nest and I, at last,
will have my rest.
And which one really matters more?
A happy child or a polished floor?
I have no idea who the author of the poem is or where my grandmother found it, but I love it because it is totally my life as it was my mother's and grandmother's before me. Isn't it funny how things with history just mean more? 
4/28/2011 07:17:30 am

I love that. I didn't even realize that it wasn't above your mom's table anymore. Shows how observant I am. :)

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sandra foster
4/28/2011 09:24:28 am

With all of our changes, some things will always remain the same. I'm proud that you do not have polished floors!!!
love you

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Melissa S
4/28/2011 03:58:37 pm

That is absolutely awesome!!!! I really needed to hear that today!! Thank you (as tears roll down my face)!!

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Jimmie
4/29/2011 12:39:44 pm

SO TRUE!! You can polish the floors when the kiddos flee - just like me yeah, right.....hahaha - - NOPE keep the roads hot, just like me!!! Hey, I know, we can polish the floors when we get to Heaven. . .no wait. . . we'll be too busy visiting. . . .oh well - WHO likes polished floors anyway???

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7/27/2012 06:22:07 am

baby strollers with high traction rollers need to be a lot safer to use compared to those with plastic wheels-

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