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Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)
- TITLE: Surprise
By Kristen Hester
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Two girls and one boy was enough for me.
Three kids in three years was quite a trip,
So my husband went and got a “snip snip”.
Diapers, pacifiers and bottles galore
During those early years life was quite a chore.
Endless laundry, late feedings, dirty fannies--
When would she be ready for big girl panties?
Things were crazy and the house was a mess.
The chaos and the crying caused quite a stress.
During those long nights I just wanted some rest.
I was cranky and tired but I did my very best.
Then one day we got a frightening call.
The vasectomy hadn’t worked...not at all.
He’d have to repeat the procedure once more.
Didn’t God know we did not want four?
We were not deterred. My husband was brave.
He was my hero and the day he did save.
He got up his nerve and had the procedure once more
I was relieved and he was fine, though a little sore.
Then finally the kids were all old enough for school.
I dropped them off early. This was so cool.
I was so happy... there were no tears on my face.
I thought, “Finally I will have my own space”.
I did a jig and made big plans for the day.
I had lots to do before school was out in May.
Would I exercise or sleep or maybe read a book?
Who knows, perhaps I should finally learn how to cook.
The year went by fast and I enjoyed it a lot.
Then it was almost May and I wasn’t feeling so hot.
What could be wrong with me? Why wasn’t I well?
I couldn’t figure it out until my belly did swell.
Now what I am telling you is very true:
Remember-my husband had not one vasectomy, but two.
Yet unbelievably, I was pregnant with child number four.
What was I to do? Could I handle one more?
I have to admit I was in something of a shock.
I did some serious thinking and of my life I took stock.
My kids were very happy and my husband wasn’t sad.
I wanted to be okay, but I just wasn’t glad.
Diapers and pacifiers once more, oh no!
I prayed every day as the baby did grow.
Is this really happening? I asked God, “why?”
I wanted to be excited. I really did try.
Then the day arrived and I had a new son.
The kids met their brother–it was so much fun.
He was so perfect that I couldn’t look away.
I loved him completely and it really was okay.
Thank you God for our new precious boy.
We never knew a baby could bring us such joy.
You knew better than us--our family wasn’t done.
You completed our family with this additional son.
Though having a baby at my age wasn’t in my plan
God has taught me much through my darling, little man.
We may have our own ideas, but God’s plan is best.
Despite myself, I am truly a mom who is blessed.
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