Wednesday 25 April 2012

Stay at Home Mum... what did you do today?

I found this poem today, and though, for me, not correct in all it's tiny details, the overall air of it certainly is.

Today I left some dishes dirty,
The bed got made around 3:30.
The diapers soaked a little longer,
The odor grew a little stronger.
The crumbs I spilled the day before,
Are staring at me from the floor.
The fingerprints there on the wall,
Will likely be there still next fall.
The dirty streaks on those window panes,
Will still be there next time it rains.
Shame on you, you sit and say,
Just what did you do today?

I nursed a baby till he slept,
I held a toddler while he wept,
I played a game of hide and seek,
I squeezed a toy so it would squeak.
I pulled a wagon, sang a song,
Taught a child right from wrong.
What did I do this whole day through?
Not much that shows, I guess it’s true.

Unless you think that what I’ve done,
Might be important to someone,
With bright brown eyes and soft blond hair,
If that is true … I’ve done my share.

Author Unknown

This is the difference between a housewife and a stay at home Mum. As Tobias wisely said, "you're primarily at home as a mother, not a housekeeper". Something to keep in mind when the general mess is getting to you - it's all about priorities :)

Oh yeah, and my camera is working again, so there will be a sewing related post soon.


  1. This is a beautiful reminder! Please tell Tobias I also appreciate his reminder. I needed to hear it today! :-)

  2. I needed it too :) It's so easy to feel discouraged by the things you don't have time for; this poem was good for me right now. Also, I try to think that there is a season for everything. I'll be able to have a neat and tidy house some other time. Right now I should focus on making my son a happy and secure little person. So, I do what housework I can amidst the diaper changes, nursing times, singing, and some of what I can't get done during the day, Tobias and I do together when he gets home.

  3. i just found your blog. I was looking for information on historic costumes. I love this poem. It was greatly needed today! Regards from a fellow


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