We are on a journey, sojourners on this earth. Let us share with you the highs and lows of our lives. Heaven is a sweeter place now that we have two beautiful granddaughters waiting there for us.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Babies Don't Keep

The last two Saturdays Dave and I have been busy baking and cooking for Christmas when our entire family will be together again for the first time in two years. You see, when our children were young there was a poem that I lived my life by and now that I am a grandmother, I often think of the words of that poem....I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

I decided to look up the poem since I couldn't remember all of the words and share them with you today.

Babies Don’t Keep

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,

Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.

Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. 

So we are getting ready for the time when we have all of our grandchildren in one place. And for a little while
....the cleaning and scrubbing will wait
because we have indeed learned that children grow up as we've learned to our sorrow,
so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep(or maybe we will just write in it instead)
we'll be rocking our babies and babies don't keep!!


Karin said...

I hear ya!! With 7 out of 9 grands already teens, I'm saddened that they grew up sooooo fast! Fabulous memories of those baby years!

Anneliese said...

I hear you! Those treats will be so yummy to have around, but you don't want to be just in the kitchen when they are finally there.

trudymiles said...

I love that poem....and in retrospect, I guess we all wished we had heeded it more! I love looking at all your baking pictures. I was asking Jody to explain the meat rolls...they sound really good too. Wish I could be a fly on your wall this year. Even though we will miss the Miles family in SC this year, we know it's our turn to share them like you all had to do last year! We pray that your time all together will be wonderful and full of long-lasting memories!