A MOTHER’S WOE

toddler

“Come along, don’t be slow.

Don’t tag along watching grass grow.

Quickly now.  Get out of bed.

We don’t have time to be a sleepyhead.

Come on in, don’t track in snow.

There’s not time to watch the snow blow.

Hurry up.  We don’t have all day

We’ll walk home the shortest way.

You’re all grown up, where did time go?

I missed a lot not watching you grow.

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Image: unsplash, Jordan Whitt

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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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30 Responses to A MOTHER’S WOE

  1. Mamadee says:

    Loved this and so true.

  2. in says:

    I another sense, how quickly our parents have aged

    beautiful post

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, that happens too. And often with little attention from busy adult children who also rue the times they could have slowed down to sit by the side of some old fellow passing time in the chair on the front porch.

  3. pranabaxom says:

    Thank God(mine😊)you are not my mama.
    My mother(Ma) was the silent type, very rarely asking anything of us. I spent many silent hours with her, sometimes just sitting side by side reading books on a hot summer afternoon. Its twenty nine years now that she is gone. Wish she would have asked for something for all that she had given without asking.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Actually I can be pretty sure what she wanted from you. Sounds like you gave it without being asked — time. You are right that I was a much too busy mom. But spent more time together than many because of church and soccer. My mother was a busy person but I was never neglected because much of her busyness was for me as well as each of the rest of the family.

      • pranabaxom says:

        I wish I could say that. When we first came here, we could not go back home for nearly five and half years. In between studies, our first kid, new job and green card, how time flew. When we went back, we stayed only for a month. I could have stayed back more because I had taken the quarter off (I was teaching college) but my wife could not. The day we were coming back, as I was closing the car door, my mother, sitting on a sofa in the front porch extended her hand as if to say something. But as usual, she did not ask and I did not stop to ask. That’s the last I saw her. She passed away three months after we left. Always think if I had just stayed back for two more months.

  4. Faye says:

    Beautiful post. Thank you. !!

  5. gifted50 says:

    Poignant… and a lesson to us all.

  6. RockHorses says:

    I’m a child, with lots of siblings. 😦 🙂 . My mom and dad say, toddlers grow fast. I didn’t believe, but now looking back at some of their pic’s from when they were younger. They do seem to grow without visible detail.

    As eldest, when I look back at my own little pic’s, I can’t believe I was such a cute baby! Now I wear soccer uniform everywhere! It’s been so long I can’t even touch a memory of me wearing a dress!

    I know, I’m not very fancy, but my mom dressed me like a doll! 😉

    • oneta hayes says:

      I love dolls and girls dressed like dolls at least part time. Don’t lose that dolly side of you. But soccer girls are good too. Don’t neglect that side of you. Thanks for keeping me up with the younger set. Did you tell your mom I think you are very brilliant and wise. Besides you have common sense.

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