TO MY GROWN UP SON

March 13, 2000

This poem was sent to me by a friend. Now that I am a mother of two little babies, ages 4 years and 4 months, I realize how important it is to make time for your kids now even when you don't seem to have enough of it yourself.

Ask the parents of grown up children
And they will tell you
It is better to be able to say "I am glad I did"
Than to have to say "I wish I had"

My hands were busy through the day
I did not have much time to play
The little games you ask me to
I did not 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 at night
Hear your prayers and turn out the light
Then tiptoe softly to the door
I wish I had stayed a minute more

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

The picturebooks are put away
There are no children games to play
No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear
That all belongs to yesteryear

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

--- Alice E. Chase--- Sent in by Sharon Pires --- India
from The Poems of Alice E. Chase. New York: MWG Books, c1975

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