Excuses


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Day 2

Standing on the front seat,
Of my dad’s vintage car,
My head didn’t quite touch the roof,
Until we struck a mud-hole, then ‘Ouch’.
Winding trails, avoiding rocks and fallen trees,
I swayed into mom one moment and then smacked into dad.
I somehow felt like a big girl now.
Mom, my heroine; dad my hero,
As if we were in the movies.
They made me feel like their star,
Kind of like their special ‘Shirley Temple’.

Those times now long gone,
I birthed my own Shirley Temple’s,
My own Mickey Rooney’s.
Did I manage to make them feel special,
More important than anyone else on earth,
Or was I too into myself and what was going on?
It kind of makes me wonder now,
All the work that seemed so important at the moment.
Did I take the time,
Could I have done better?
No second chances once they’ve grown up!

Way back when, when times were really tough,
There seemed to be more time on our hands.
Or am I making that up?
Nothing wrong with work,
Nothing wrong with play.
It’s how important we make a child
Feel. That’s the important thing at hand.
How do we make a child feel like a star?
Our words, in hand with actions,
Are what build up or leave scars.

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I am a mother, retired foster mother, grandmother, and last, but not least, an author. I have self-published a children's book of rhymes, titled, A Rhyme In Time for ages five and up. I also wrote articles for Suite101, and had some short stories published in a local paper. At present, I am in a new phase in life once again. I hope to spend more time reading accompanied by Goodreads, write daily on my blog, and read other people's works of art. I also love photography and want to share some of my part of the world, along with travelling experiences.

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6 comments on “Excuses
  1. This absolutely great. When we’re bringing up children we have so much other stuff going on that we forget about taking the time to nourish our children with time.
    Your poetry resonated with me and I’m certain with so many other parents. Lovely. 🙂

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  2. Truth. I’ve been tutoring kids more and more lately and it’s amazing how far a little positive reinforcement goes. Even if it seems not to matter at the moment, kids will remember that you encouraged them, whether it’s, “Wow, that’s a great Spider Man,” or “Hey, you’re an amazing artist.”. Kids thrive on that stuff. We all do, I think.

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  3. Kirsten says:

    This is wonderful! And so true!

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