Baby Poem: The little things you asked me to.

by Heather

My hands were busy throughout the day
I didn't have much time to play
The little games you asked me to.
I didn't have much time for you....

I'd wash your clothes, I'd sew and cook,
But when you'd bring your picture book
And ask me please to share your fun,
I'd say: "A little later, son."

I'd tuck you in all safe an night
And hear your prayers, turn out the light,
Then tiptoe softly to the door...
I wished I'd stayed a minute more.

For time is short, the years rush past...
A little boy grows up so fast.
No longer is he at your side,
His precious secrets to confide.

The picture books are put away,
There are no longer games to play,
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear...
That all belongs to yesteryear.

My hands, once busy, now are still.
The days are long and hard to fill.
I wish I could go back and do
The little things you asked me to.

~Author Unknown

I'm not sure who wrote this one - but I grew up reading it on my parents' refrigerator, and I always thought it was neat. Now that I have a son of my own, it's even more impactful.

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Feb 04, 2017
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by: Anonymous

OMG - Growing up, we had this on our fridge as well. I could read at the time and I do remember wishing my mother would learn something from it (she is the one that put it there after all!). Cut to present day - we've had a rough week with our 18 month old being sick and in general have been exhausted. I told my husband about this poem as something to always keep in mind when we feel like we just can't play one more game or read one more book. So glad you posted this so I could finally find the actual poem and show it to him. Our baby is so precious to us and I already feel sad at how quickly he's growing up. This poem is a reminder to be present at every moment and enjoy your baby every single day. Thanks for this post!

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May 03, 2015
Where did all those years go?
by: Anonymous

I cut this poem out of The Sunday Express many years ago and for many years it lived on our fridge. I found it when my first daughter was very young. She is now 37 and lives 13000 miles away in New Zealand with her partner and our 2 year old grandad-daughter.
Our younger daughter lives locally and has one year old twins. We see a lot of them and play with them constantly.
Our son lives with his partner and our year old grandson in Switzerland.
When I now read this poem, it seems even more poignant as we see very little of our grand-daughter in NZ and our grandson in Switzerland.
Thank goodness for Skype and FaceTime.

Sep 20, 2013
My mother's prized possesion
by: Anonymous

My sister found this poem in my mother's box of pictures and mailed it to me today 9/20/2013. It is printed on a yellowed piece of newspaper that has to be over 60 years old. I remember her reading it to me when I was 4 or 5 years old. She had it taped to the refrigerator for many years.I am 65 now and mom passed away 3 years ago.

Feb 06, 2010
My Son
by: Anonymous

I had this in my son's room when he was growing up. He is now a 24 year old man and is moving 3000 miles away. This poem means even more now. to all the moms out there - take this to heart and do all the little things now. As my grandfather used to say - it's later than you think

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