Monday, October 13, 2008


There's a lump beneath my covers
And I cannot get it out!
I poke it and it giggles;
I squish it and it shouts!

I smooth the covers hastily
For other chores to tend
I sigh and spread the coverlet
But what comes out the end?

A green-eyed monkey shrieks my name,
"Mama, it's just me!"
The moment is not past and so
I drop onto my knees

And look into the joyful eyes
of my precocious child
We giggle and rub noses and
delight at hair gone wild.

Beneath the fresh-washed sheet
I find the toes that I must kiss
and breathe a thank-you prayer for
the moment I've not missed.

The chores will keep, the laundry will
renew itself each day;
But green-eyed monkeys under sheets
are worth the time to play!

23 fellow travelers shared:

Dear Daddy Blog said...

That is so adorable! My kids love sheet changing day for this exact reason! :)


Sleep-Deprived said...

Love that!

Ben, Kelly and Sophie said...

Very sweet. Ben and I both enjoyed your poem/pictures and delight in our own fun times like such.

Vintage Mommy said...

You just sat down and wrote that after changing the sheets with your precious green-eyed monkey? What a wonderful keepsake to treasure!

heartathome said...

Oh, dear, you've made the eyes moist! Slow down, we must. Thank you so very much for the reminder!

Amber said...

Oh, how sweet. Such a great reminder to cherish our little children.

Mercy said...

"But green-eyed monkeys under sheets are worth the time to play!"

Indeed they are, indeed they are.

Christine (Craftling) said...

Oh, Elise, that's just wonderful!! :o)

Chris xx

Sarah said...

Love it! Here's a good one Beka sent me:
"Cleaning and Scrubbing can wait 'til tomorrow
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs, dust, go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."

Mrs. "M" said...

I love this Elise! This one is going in my journal as a joyful reminder to me of what I am really about daily....with permission :o)
Did you write this?

Not long till baby comes...can't wait to see those newborn pictures of yuor little guy. I am so enjoying my little Eli who is one week old today. What mercy and blessing!

Me said...

What a sweet moment...she is getting so big.

Rebecca M said...

Look at your sweet girl! And Elise, you aren't far from bringing your new Little Man to meet her!

Thanks for the reminder of why we are with our little ones each day!

Shelley said...

Love it!

Hope you having been feeling good! Not long now.

Anonymous said...

A hearty Amen!
Thanks for reminding us to enjoy those snatches of pure joy throughout the day: even in daily drudgery!

Anonymous said...

It's not "Spencer", it's Andrea!!! I am on my husband's computer! lol.

Lynnette Kraft said...

Today is my first day at here. I followed a link from Writing Canvas. What a lovely blog you have! I loved this little poem. It was sincerely sweet.

I'll pop back by! Come and visit me!

Bekki said...

Oh. My. Goodness. She is a doll. (For some reason I saw a little Micah in her face - I love it when I see one of them in another)
Oh - and I had no idea you were a poet as well!? I really need to work on getting you a book deal. lol Seriously.

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

She's getting so big!

Stopping by to say "hi" and ask how you are progressing? Any day now, really, isn't it?

tonia said...

absolutely delightful!!!

you are a treasure.

Annette said...

my buggy does exactly the same thing. My reaction is the just same...just not so eloquently spoken. :)

Rebekah said...

Love this post! She's adorable!

Miriam said...

Oh Elise! So sweet and beautiful. Grace and I enjoyed reading this together. Thanks for the reminder to not miss those precious, joyful moments amidst the busyness.

L.L. Barkat said...

Marvelous whimsy! :)

(Learned of you from Ann V.)

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