Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Is For Again

"Read it again"
"Sing it again"
"Do it again"
"Can we play it again?"
Just as the sun keeps rising and setting , over and over again, day after day, so does a Mother the same thing, again and again and again.


We-
Wash the dishes and the clothes.
Buy, cook, and serve, food prepared in love.
Change the diapers.
Tie the shoes.
Get the crayons.
Adore the pictures.
Brush out her snarls.
Get some more milk.
Wipe the faces and wash the hands.
Sing sweetly the songs of childhood- Twinkle, Twinkle, the ABC's, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace, the list goes on and grows as they do...
We do it all again and again and again.


We-
Bake the cookies.
Wipe the noses.
Tuck in the shirts.
Help ease on the socks.
Find the shoes.
Step on the legos.
Smile at another colored picture.
Make the snack.
Pull back the covers and tuck into bed.
Soothe fevered brows.
Clean up the sick.
Wash the hair.
Iron the Sunday clothes, ok, well, sometimes...
We do it all again and again and again.


We-
Dry the tears.
Apply the band-aids.
Say "don't touch", "put that down", "get off the table", and "careful!"
Hug.
Cuddle.
Carry.
Cradle.
Rock.
Hold.
We do it all again and again and again.

They grow and they flourish and we smile. It's all worth it.

Yes, some day we will miss it, all of the agains, and our hearts full of memories will need to carry us on.

May my memories be of the more joy satisfying "yes, we can do it again" and "okay, one more time..." than the disappointing "no, not right now, maybe later". Eventually, there will be no more later, that's when I'll miss it.
Tonight, I'll Mother with intention, again.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Susannah said...

Needed this one! Thanks!

February 11, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Crayon Wrangler said...

I thought I couldn't bear to hear another "Again" until I read this post. Thanks for the reminder that the "Agains" are what really counts in this vocation.

February 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

Aww! Things can be repetitive, but there comes a time when you think "oh i sure miss doing that!" Enjoy while you can! :-)

February 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger myletterstoemily said...

you are so right about...until there is not another
'again.'

we never know when that will be. you are so wise
to cherish the times you have with your littles.

February 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Crystal M said...

The one that gets old is the shoes. The shoes, the SHOES! The tieing, finding, shoving the foot in, 'we are in a hurry put them on in the car', 'quit taking the laces out of your shoes!', 'LEAVE YOUR SHOES ON!', etc.

February 14, 2010 at 1:23 AM  

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