Friday, March 29, 2013

Sweet Memories

I can't believe it's Slice 29!  Two more to go! Read more of the March Slice of Life posts at Two Writing Teachers!
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This poem came out of a conversation on GoogleChat that I had with my daughter on Wednesday morning.  Her son woke up in the middle of the night and needed some comfort and a humidifier for his stuffiness.  I copied our conversation into a document and then began to play with it, because although you may think I always talk in rhyme, it doesn't happen all the time. ~  Oh, no.

Anyway, I wrote this poem for her, for me and for all moms (oh, how tempting to say "that be" at the end, but I won't, because I do not talk in rhymes, my friend...sorry, it just came out).

Sweet Memories

Snotty and screamy and clingy last night,
Waking at moon-time no trace of sunlight,
She rocked you and gave you her mommy hug squeeze,
And then she was blessed with your best good-night sneeze.
The morning brought smiles all snotty and shiny;
Forgotten the nighttime all screamy and whiny.
With one snotty kiss and a nose rubbing hug,
All thoughts of last night were swept under the rug.
Mom's kisses can heal the worst of a pain,
But a kid’s well-timed hug can mess with your brain!
For moms soon forget those nights of despair
And sweet memories instead are placed there.

©Donna JT Smith, 3/28/13

I don't remember nearly as many difficult days as I do marvelous days with my children. 

13 comments:

  1. I just love this poem and your sentiments are so true. Ih ave trouble remembering the illnesses and bruises but remember the memories we created over walks, talks, and teas.

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  2. You've captured the essence of parenting perfectly. The moments of frustration-at not being able to make our kids feel better, our own lost sleep, etc, are definitely overshadowed by the moments of joy-hugs and sweet smiles.

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  3. A wonderful rhythm and sweet image, even if snotty.

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  4. Oh those sleepless nights when you can't really do much to relieve the stuffy nose! I do not miss them, but then I don't remember them in detail either. Perfect poem to recall that snotty, screamy, whiny times.

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  5. You found a very sweet poem inside your google chat!

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  6. For moms soon forget those nights of despair
    And sweet memories instead are placed there.

    True...and it doesn't take as long as you first think it will! Great poem, Donna.

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  7. Ahh, memories. Not only memories, though - because although my two girls are now 18 & 21, my Little Dude just turned 3 a couple months back, and my wife's expecting in August! This poem is so perfectly relatable to any parent.

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    1. That's true, Matt...Sorry for leaving out Dads! I'll try to get to Dads for Mother's Day! I have to do the A to Z Challenge for April! But you Dads should be honored, too, so stay tuned!!!

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  8. Well done, I remember one night like this. My husband was out of town, the dog was having puppies and wanting to go outside to hide them under a bush, and my poor son was sick. I found a moment to rock him in a cuddle and started to sing a lullaby.
    "Don't sing, Mommy." was what I got for all my efforts. Everything was so right and so wrong all at the same time.

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  9. Oh, so true! I love the "smiles all snotty and shiny." Perfect!

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  10. Donna, looks like you've found a new source for a "found" poem! Very well written. You are so right - the very best of memories remain. Grandchildren tend to bring back hazy memories of the challenging times!

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  11. This poem captures those snotty nights perfectly! Every parent can relate...thanks for capturing this memory. =)

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  12. Terrific, Donna, & I like it when you talk in rhyme! I know there were plenty of those nights, but I remember none in detail, except the coughing of my son. He had lots of allergy 'things' & coughed plenty. It was scary & I really couldn't do anything but sit with him by the vaporizer. "smiles all snotty and shiny" says it well.

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