Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek – peekaboo.

The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

A friend recently posted this on her facebook page.  It struck such a sweet chord in me as a reminder to slow down and has been in my head ever since.  Just wanted to share it.

  One thought on “Babies Don’t Keep…

  1. July 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    wonderful share and a adorable photo! You are a wise mother!

  2. July 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Amen!! My oldest just turned 16 and it really does make you want to slow down and simply enjoy things more. Thanks for sharing. I would love to reblog if you are ok with that!

    • daraweyna
      July 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      I can’t imagine having a 16 yr old…not yet!! Please go ahead and repost…it’s so worth sharing.

  3. July 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Reblogged this on whatsupyournose and commented:
    Babies Don’t Keep — What an amazing way to put it. Enjoy life right now!

  4. July 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have the bottom verse cross stitched by my mother. I am looking forward to writing a story about it one day. I had never heard the poem in its entirety, so thank you.

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