Some houses try to hide the fact
that children shelter there.
Ours boasts it quite openly,
the signs are everywhere.

For smears are on the windows,
little smudges on the doors
I should apologise I guess
for the toys strewn on the floor.

But I sat down with my child
as we played and laughed
and read
And if the doorbell doesn’t shine,
His eyes will shine instead.

For when at times I’m forced to choose
the one job or the other,
I’d like to cook and clean and scrub,
but first I’ll be a mother

– Unknown

Posted by EllenG89, 12th September 2015

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  • so true even if you did put the clean house first it would be messy in minutes with my kids around. So its best done when they ae tucked up in bed sleeping.


  • Kids won’t remember if the house was spotless but they will remember the times shared playing and reading!


  • This is very true for me.


  • Thanks for sharing your poem – do you have it framed in your home?

    • Framed quotes and poems with illustrations look beautiful on walls. :)


  • Love this poem. Thank you for sharing


  • What a sweet poem!! I like it! :-)


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