Prose for Thought – Strike the Balance

Welcome one and all to this week’s Prose for Thought. Firstly, I must apologise for being a little off the pace recently and not getting round to everyone who has linked up here! I will make it up to you – I promise!

I don’t know about you but the fact that Spring has Sprung has really put a bit more bounce in my step (I guess that is why they call it Spring!). I have started to exercise more, am reaching my targets on my Fitbug and am really enjoying walking Grace to and from school.

Yesterday we came home via Happy Valley – our local park which I have written about before. I took Grace’s skipping rope with me so she could skip home but when we reached the park she wanted to play. I said to her that we couldn’t be long because I had things to do. As I saw her running around from swing to zip slide to roundabout to hanging basket swing, I suddenly thought to myself why do we have to rush? There is no need. It is a sunny day and sometimes I just need to stop worrying and enjoy the moment. So we did.  Here is my take on that situation.

Strike the Balance

No I say I can’t right now
I’ve got stuff to do
But Mummy that stuff can wait
I wait to play with you
Maybe in a bit I say
Now off you go and play
But Mummy I want to play right now
That’s always what you say

The housework it won’t do itself
Darling I have things to do
Not that I love doing it all that much
I’d rather play with you
Of course, then theres dinner
That needs to be put on your plate
I know you’d rather I played with you
Don’t look at me with a faceful of hate

It’s hard to know when to stop
It’s hard just to put it down
But sometimes I need to pause
And turn my girl’s frown upside down
So strike the happy balance
Is what I need to do
Hold on a second, wait a minute
Grace, I’ll play with you

Victoria Welton 12th March 2014

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  1. March 13, 2014 / 5:52 pm

    Lovely ode to the eternal parenting struggle.
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  2. March 13, 2014 / 11:01 am

    I love your poem and I’m sure all us mums suffer the same. I think we all forget how to leave the housework alone and just concentrate on the children. It’s great when we can actually do that!
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  3. March 13, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Love your poem and how true that we all feel this way. Truly. It’s so hard to find balance and getting all the housework, chores, food, meals planned and still have time for our kids, our hubby, and what about ourselves. count that out! I struggle to find balance. Loved your words. I always feel so guilty when Buba keeps asking me over and over to play when I need to get things done.
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  4. Maddy@writingbubble
    March 13, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Oh I can empathise with this! I’m the same – always so much to do! The spring weather does seem to make it easier to have fun with the kids though – yesterday we got home from school and i knew I should help them with their spellings but instead we all (including the baby) had races across the lawn then sat in the flower bed ‘digging for treasure’. MUCH more fun!
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  5. March 13, 2014 / 9:05 am

    Oh Vic I wrote about exactly that thing last weekend too – sometimes it really does help to just stop and be in the moment. Thank you for hosting darling xxx
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  6. Sarah Miles
    March 13, 2014 / 8:05 am

    I thought the same just this weekend. I ALWAYS have things to do and spend far too much time on my schedule. So on Sunday I said ‘sod it’ went with my son on a dog walk, spent an hour in the garden then we all went to the playground for a play, walk and Mr Whippy 🙂

    A much better feeling than when I Hoover the floor or write a blog post….

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  7. March 13, 2014 / 7:39 am

    The bright weather of the last few days has really reminded me that spring is firmly on the way and we can all enjoy being outdoors again. Mum’s are always busy – but I agree there’s nothing better than forgetting it all for a while to play xx

  8. Emma from over at LIFE AS IT IS
    March 13, 2014 / 6:42 am

    Do not be so hard on yourself – but do make time for Grace. You should be doing this sort of thing more often, you know that. It makes you feel better. Try to do more of it! Nevermind getting round to everybody… anyway, that’s just my take on it! Do not do more than you can do as far as work. You will drive yourself into the ground. Be kind to yourself! xxx
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