Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lest We Forget

**This was posted on Facebook and I had to share.**

She came tonight as I sat alone
The girl that I used to be. . .
And she gazed at me with her earnest eye
And questioned reproachfully:

"Have you forgotten the many plans
And hopes that I had for you?
The great career, the splendid fame
All the wonderful things to do?"

"Where is the mansion of stately height
With all of its gardens rare?
The silken robes that I dreamed for you
And the jewels in your hair?"

And as she spoke, I was very sad,
For I wanted her pleased with me . . .
This slender girl from the shadowy past
The girl that I used to be.

So gently arising, I took her hand,
And guided her up the stair
Where peacefully sleeping, my babies lay
So innocent, sweet and fair.



And I told her that these are my only gems,
And precious they are to me,
That silken robe is my motherhood
Of costly simplicity.

And my mansion of stately height is love,
And the only career I know
Is serving each day in these sheltering walls
For the dear ones who come and go.

And as I spoke to my shadowy guest,
She smiled through her tears at me,
And I saw that the woman that I am now
Pleased the girl that I used to be.

—Anonymous

9 comments:

Kathi Bailey said...

I would hope the girl I used to be would smile and be pleased...but I just don't know - Kathi

Anonymous said...

I loved this post, I wish more women would see things from that standpoint, instead of always thinking of what they gave up. I think the only thing I gave up was sleep, small price when I see my wonderful kids :D

Thanks,
SeriousCakes (this name should not make you smile...it is SERIOUS. No, not even a little smile)
PS-if you're interested, it's my name because I'm a caker, look me up on youtube.com sometime....making SERIOUS cakes :D

Kathi Bailey said...

Lainie -

Consider yourself tagged...what 5 things have shaped MishMashMomma???

I'm actually quite anxious to find out.

You're such a good friend. Good night.
- Kathi

Shannon said...

That gave me chills!!! No joking... ahhh... I don't think the girl I used to be would approve, but that's okay with me. The girl I used to be was so confused and naive and young... She had to grow up, too. ;) But the little girl I used to be wanted like 10 kids or something... I think that little girl we all have in us is much wiser than we even become. Love this post and thanks for sharing!

Lainie said...

SeriousCakes... are Serious Cakes in Portland?? You know I'm in Tualatin, right?

Anyway, if that is you-- you are right-- you make some SERIOUS cakes. You got MAD SKILLZ woman.

You got a button or something I can post on the blog for you?

Dude... next time I have a party I'm calling you.

Shannon I am so glad you liked it-- but know I did not write. Just sharing :)

Kathi I accept your tag but will need a little time to collect my thoughts!

Kathi Bailey said...

VERY OK...took me about 2 months...wanted to really think about it first. Being a mom is a HUGE thing, I wanted to make sure I gave the post my best.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* No, that is actually Serious Cake, I am Serious Cakes, with an S on the end. She IS amazing, I'm what I'd call God-deserves-the-glory caker :D
Here's a link though to my youtube videos and MY site:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SeriousCakes#g/u
www.seriouscakes.com

Lainie said...

Seriouscakes-- I loved it!!! Totally dug the snowmen and the whole video with commentary and music. Girl, I gotta go check out the rest of your vids! And your site!

Anonymous said...

*blush* Thank you! All my videos are just music with commentary, I tend to uh, um, y'know, unmmmm, get tongue-tied on camera :D
-SeriousCakes

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