Thursday, May 5, 2011

I Took His Hand and Followed - Thankful Thursday

I came across the following poem last night and was reminded of how incredibly lucky I am to be able to spend my days with two wonderful little boys. I was so inspired that I marked today as Little Dude's choice on what to do. He chose his favorite outing: a trip "downtown" with a visit to the library for new books, a smoothie snack and a ride on the trolley. Today I took his hand and followed and I am so glad I did.

I Took His Hand and Followed
by Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I...
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.


Yvonne said...

Ohhhh, Heather, it makes me long for the time with my sons when they were your sons' ages. It's a precious time that's all too fleeting.

When I look at my grown sons now, I still picture them as this age.

Donna Hanson said...

I have just the person to forward this to. Thanks, Heather!