Twas the night before school starts,
when all through the house,
not a child was stirring,
not even my spouse.
The backpacks were hung, with ease,
in the hopes our first morning, would be but a breeze.
The kids were both restless,
alone in their beds
visions of homework crowded their heads.
While dad away at work,
I in my pj’s
couldn’t turn out the light.
Then out of my head, there arose such a clatter
I thought to myself, what the hell was the matter?
Over the hum of the dryer, and the washer’s soft swish
It suddenly became clear, that I’d gotten my wish.
After long afternoons
bored children fighting, about chores and cartoons.
My sanity had vanished, in the summer’s long stay.
I remember now wishing, school would start soon.
Smiles and giggles sprung from my face,
as I danced through the kitchen,
with ease and grace.
Because after breakfast
I would have my house,
completely kid free.
Now groceries! Now errands! Now showers and hair!
On editing! On workouts! On lunch, I’ll be there!
Without piles of crap and toys on the floor.
I wouldn’t be embarrassed if someone came to the door.
And then in an instant,
I saw my days pass
my sweet tiny babies’ first steps in the grass.
Their chubby little cheeks,
fingers and toes laughing and playing,
where is your nose?
I choked back a sob,
with a tear in my eye
the summer is now over,
how did time fly?
They’re much too little
to grow up this fast.
There has to be a way,
to make this all last.
I snuck up the stairs,
and turned out the light.
Kissed 2 sleepy heads,
and tucked them in tight.
No more will I wish, for these days to flee.
But hold my children, all the more closer to me.
Happy Start of the School Year to everyone!