Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1615 Measuring Sticks by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 19, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1615 Measuring Sticks by Janet S. Tiger (c) July 19, 2018

first written 4/12/01 - my daughter just left on a trip and I found this -  still very appropriate!

                            Measuring Sticks
                       A poem/monologue by Janet S. Tiger (c)  2018   all rights reserved

The pants on the hanger
Are so long
They touch the floor now

How did they grow?
Those pants were tiny
Just a minute ago

I turn and my son's head
Is at my shoulder
When I look next
Will he be looking eye to eye
Or...eating pie
Off my head!

My daughter's jacket
Almost fits me!
She is sewing - repairing a hole in her pants
All by herself

My son mows the lawn
Digs holes
Plants seeds

Isn't the expression
They grow like weeds?

But that's not a good example
Weeds are gone
In a season

My children are like trees
Getting taller and stronger
Every moon

The first buds of fruit
Will be showing soon

I keep track of their heights
On the wall by the fridge
But the real measurements
Are in the sudden realizations
That clothes are suddenly too small
And new chores
Are now old

I watch their successes
Their joys and sorrows
And thank God
As I look forward
To every tomorrow

Although I wrote this 17 years ago, when they were little, and changed a few words, it is all still true.  

Only now, we grow veggies in the planter boxes my son sawed and nailed together, and my daughter  sewed a dress - from scratch - that she is wearing on her vacation - what blessings!  

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1 comment:

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

Lovely words...sniff sniff!