Monday, May 9, 2011

in the mommyhood

If you give a mom a muffin, she'll want some coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
The coffee will get spilled by her three year old.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find some dirty socks.
She'll remember that she has to do some laundry.
When she puts the laundry in the washer, she'll trip over some shoes and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her that she has to plan a supper for tonight.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook (101 Things with Hamburger)
The cookbook is under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill that is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook
The checkbook is in her purse that is getting dumped out by her two year old.
Mom will smell something funny.
While she is changing the two year old, the phone will ring.
Her five year old will pick up and hang up the phone.
She will remember that she wants to phone a friend to come over for coffee on Friday.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some more.
And chances are,
if she has a cup of coffee, 
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Last Friday, Boy's preschool held a "Mommies and Muffins" party.  I received a wonderfully handpainted flower pot from my son; we sat and ate muffins and juice before his class began. The school gave us cards with the above poem, inspired by the funny book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. A great half hour was had by all! He is growing up- but Boy is sweetness and light  right now at four years old. We are still working on the whining.


  1. LOVE IT. No wonder we can't get anything done. and it doesn't seem to change too much the when you have an empty nest. I've been working on a clean kitchen sink for about thirty years now.

  2. Frannie- I bet a dollar that your sink is clean right now!

  3. I loved that poem. Wonderful and so incredibly true. My kids love reading the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake. I know that some day I am going to look back on these years wistfully. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. :)

  4. I love four too! Mostly delightful. We are working on the whining here also and obeying with a happy face. I know only the Spirit can make his heart obey happily, but James can at least put the face on for practice.

  5. OK, that even made ME laugh! (I know about the books from working in a bookstore for 2 yrs)

  6. Thank you for commenting on my blog! Yes living the dream is so challenging but all worth it. I can't imagine life with out those little ones.

    I read some of your posts and you definately have a gift in your writing style!

    God Bless.

  7. Very funny. And true. I saw so many snapshots of my days.

  8. That's so funny! And sadly, so true.

  9. Sounds like it was written about me! Great post :)

  10. That is really cute! What a nice present for well-deserving mothers.

  11. Loved it! I'll have to print this for my husband: "Dear, THIS is where my day goes!"

  12. Very sweet. love it, I would have lost my coffee too. I am forever putting my coffee down and losing it as I travel from room to room

  13. Nice poem! I didn't know I had a poem writing spy in my house recording my every action ;-)


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