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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)

TITLE: A Minute Not Wasted
By Kara Dunham
03/03/11


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The morning sun comes up
Bringing a smile to your face,
Your busy little body ready for your next adventure.

After a meal I wash off your face,
Then your hands, your face, and your hands once more.
Then I wipe the table, the chair and last the floor.

Its not even noon but already I’m knackered,
While I was busy cleaning your mess,
Already you discovered tissues, toys, and Tupperware too,
Traipsed across the living room, only wearing one shoe.

All the trouble I go through, I can’t even keep up.
I take a moment for coffee,
But you’ve beaten me to it.
When did you do it? I have not a clue.

Some days I wonder, is this all there is?
Then I’m reminded of the gifts God has given me.
No one in the world could I love more,
Than my sweet little bugger, whom I adore.
Every minute with you is a minute not wasted.

I think of the times we dance to the Wiggles,
Or your sweet surprise kisses!
My heart always melts with your hearty giggle.
Every minute with you is a minute not wasted.

Wreck, destroy and terrorize,
Lego's tossed about the floor.
The trail of tissues down the hall,
A pool of water, from who knows where?

I never thought to hear myself yell “No!”
Fifty times a day.
Then again, I never knew all that could fade away,
Forgotten just as quickly,
With the sound of your little voice,
“Mommy, up please?”

Its those tender moments in which I realize,
No matter all the trouble,
Each minute is worth it, each one precious.
A minute spent with you is a minute not wasted.

Every scrape, every bruise,
Each ouchie I kiss
A minute spent with you is a minute not wasted

As I tuck you in to bed,
Your bear and your book close at hand,
You cuddle close and with one last kiss,
We say a goodnight prayer.

And as I thank God for this day, I know:
A day spent with you, is one not wasted.


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Allison Egley 03/03/11
This is cute!

While raising a child is definitely time consuming, I felt the theme was a bit lost with all the mentions of "minute." Would have been PERFECT for this week... Don't you hate that? :)

Good job with this one. I enjoyed it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/04/11
This is a precious poem about the precious parent-child relationship on
diana kay03/04/11
yes so many little gems hidden here good one.
Jennifer Hill03/09/11
I'm the mother of four and it is a time consuming adventure. So much in one day to do and the day rushes away from us. This would be great at a Mother/daughter program or something like it. Mom's need reminded they are helping to mold God's creation and it is a serious job and our time spent shaping the little people(the big ones too!!!!) he puts in our lives is a gift back to God too!