By Naomi Hanks
Before they came into my life
I thought I’d be the perfect wife
Clean and neat and organized
Social, fun, full of surprise.
And motherhood would be a cinch
There’d be no wrongs, no! Not an inch!
For each would have their own safe place
Their private things, their tidy space
No boogers running down the nose
Each child would smell just like a rose.
We’d cook and play and read together
Run outside despite the weather
The TV power never on
Cause we’d do crafts while dad was gone.
Play dates, preschool, training wheels
Princess parties, happy squeals
“Stay at home mom come and get me!
I’ll rule the world if you’ll let me!”
Then I married my prince charming
And found marriage could be alarming.
There were hogged covers and snores all night
Crazy war movies that gave me a fright
Battles to control the money
Feelings hurt when not called “honey”
And I got tired, fat and frumpy
Left a mess that made us grumpy
Violated personal space
Forgot to react with love and grace.
But as the time has passed us by
Many things have caught my eye,
Not only does my love wash dishes
Do the laundry and blow me kisses
But he cheers me on and gives me praise
Stops me when I start to graze
Makes the bed and helps with dinner
Earns us money, thinks I’m a winner
Makes me laugh and buys me treats
And tries to help me keep things neat.
And even though he doesn’t know
Where anything in our house goes
I know he loves me, every bit
And on our marriage, will NEVER quit!
And what about said “Motherhood”?
I’m not the best, but I’m still good.
My kids are loud and love to fight
But I still teach them to do what’s right.
They spend most days dressed in pajamas
Are sometimes rude to both their grandmas
Their noses run and I don’t wipe them
And they watch TV like it’s a rare gem.
But we still laugh and dance and play
Albeit, not every day...
And when they do bathe, it’s a party!
And what I feed them is mostly hardy
And when they cry, I wipe their tears
Brush off their knees, and chase their fears.
I love them both and they both know it
Cause every day I try to show it.
Not with ponies, or pink dresses
But by cleaning up their messes.
And not with presents or fancy food
But by teaching them to not be rude.
So nothing turned out how I thought
My fantasies were all for naught
But I lucked out and got something better
Relationships that will endure all weather!