This Won't Last Forever

Friday, April 30, 2010


When the day has been long, and I'd rather skip giving a bath,
I think, "This won't last forever."

When teething pains interrupt my sleep and someone wakes up wet yet again,
I think, "This won't last forever."

When tempers flare over taking turns and whining lasts all afternoon,
I think, "This won't last forever."

When milk is spilled, dirt covers the floor, and someone misses the potty,
I think, "This won't last forever."


Then a growing boy climbs into my lap to suck his thumb, and
I remember, "This won't last forever."

Chubby hands clasp my face to cover it with kisses, and
I agonize, "This won't last forever."

A sleepy lump tucks arms in and rests on my shoulder, and
I sigh, "This won't last forever."


I get more love than I deserve from these precious, messy children, and
I know this won't last forever.

But I wish it would.


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