Sunday, January 27, 2008

Monday Mission - On Valentines Day

This Valentines Day there's just one thing I want
And I promise I'll tell you, once I say what it's NOT.
So Babies and Daddy please stop right here
And listen to all that I DON'T want this year.

I don't want bright flowers to tickle my nose
Or soft fuzzy slippers to warm up my toes.
I don't want chocolates wrapped with string
Or perfume, or lace or a new diamond ring.

I don't want a kitten all soft and purry
Or a new cuddly teddy bear, big, brown and furry.
I don't want dinner or dancing, or a night on the town
Or pajamas with hearts or a "Best Mama" crown.

I don't even want Valentines scribbled in crayon
Or tissue bouquets made by your tiny hands.
It's all lovely, my dears, and the thoughts are the BEST
But I DONT want a bit of it, nor all of the rest.

What I want is unusual as far as gifts go.
You can't put it in a box or wrap it up with a bow.
What I want can't be found at a store on a shelf.
What I want for Valentines Day is...


One day all ALONE from morning to night
Without wiping chins or refereeing a fight.
No Daddy, no kids, no pets and no noise
And please make it somewhere without any toys.

I want to read a whole book from beginning to end
And sleep til I wake-up, and then sleep again!
I want to take a long bath without one knock at the door
And eat a meal warm, without crumbs on the floor.

I want to hear SILENCE to read, write, and pray
And to only brush my teeth at the end of the day.
And when I drift off to sleep I'll thank God for each one of you
And the day you gave me ALONE, with nothing to do.

This silly representation of a real life fantasy of mine, is part of the Monday Mission which was to write a post in the form of a children's story or poem. For more Monday Mission participants, or to link your own, visit Painted Maypole.


Chrissy said...

Perfect. Now I want that for Valentine's Day, too.

Mary G said...

Oh my! A cry from the heart. And funny. And great metre and rhythm and all of that (said the retired English teacher). Welcome to the wonderful world of Monday Missions and I hope you do many more. This was lovely.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh AMEN!!!

So well-done!

thirtysomething said...

Oh! Me too. Me too!

Lori said...

Loved this!! What mother wouldn't like that for Valentine's Day (or any other day of the year would work too!) Just one day alone. Ahhhh.....

Spice Girl said...

Hey--I missed you! Hope you get your day of freedom (and not as a result of the sonohystagram)...

Congrats on Ben, hope and prayers for the others.


painted maypole said...

amen, sister!


thanks for playing along! (and Ihave no idea how to delete that first link on my page...sorry)

slouching mom said...

Joy! This was BRILLIANT!

the dragonfly said...

I know what you mean. Since my little one was born last June, for holiday gifts (my birthday and Christmas) I've asked for nothing but uninterrupted time to take a bubble bath, so I can relax and read a book without worrying about anything.


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shay said...

I found you from Maypoles blog and think we might be soul sisters... OR it could just be that I have four kids too and Understand exactly what you're asking for for V-day. I also understand that it's not completely but probably mostly ... impossible.

Now I want it too lol.

spaz said...

Great poem! So sad :(

Anonymous said...

Very cute. Last night after we brushed everyone else's teeth, I think I went to bed with mine not!!! Uggggh!

Bon777 said...

Oh Oh Oh...ME TOO!!

Christine said...

It might happen! Not. :)