Recently, I came upon this poem, written by Sarah Dunning Park, a mom of small children. Her poem transported me right back to my minivan, filled with our four children, all going in different directions. I remember wondering if there would be enough minutes in the hour, hours in the day to get where we were going. Some days, I wondered if “hurry up, we need to get going” was becoming my mantra…all the while wondering about the long term effects of our being on the go. As parents, we’ve all been there…just trying to get through the work days, errands, appointments, deadlines, and over-scheduled schedules. I asked myself at times, “Aren’t we supposed to be human beings not human doers?”
So as a gentle reminder, I’d love to share Sarah’s poem, that she so graciously offers to us…
It hit me,
helping my listless kid into the backseat
and then reaching, tissue in hand,
to swipe at her sister’s runny nose:
It’s impossible to stop.
Her incessant stuffiness, yes,
and that junky cough that won’t quit—
but even more, it’s impossible to stop
this cycle of constant motion.
I thought all this
while shifting into reverse
and tapping at the map on my phone
and passing a sippy cup to the back
and unwrapping a piece of red candy
masquerading as medicinal balm
for my sore throat.
The sloughed-off wrapper landed softly
among the library books beside me,
but the lozenge’s marketing slogan
kept looping through my head:
The show must go on,
it urged, or perhaps warned,
since I felt a sense of deep foreboding
that our show was teetering
on the brink of collapse.
Still, the car raced forward
toward the bland medical office building
where we would join the universal
meet and greet for our germs
to connect briefly
with the kind doctor who,
in a different era, would have entered
into the intimate domain of our home
to take it all in,
and then thoughtfully scrawl
our needed prescription:
© 2012 Sarah Dunning Park. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
www.agoodmeasure.net First published on simplemom.net
Maybe we all need to be given a prescription to “slow down”…
What would you do if you were handed that prescription?
What would slowing down look like?
Maybe making a commitment to slow down just part of your day, could be the first simple step.
Maybe even dedicating a “slow time” of day and letting your children help design this time.
Please feel free to share your ideas of slowing down…we’d love to hear them!
For Mom’s living in Charleston, SC or for those who’d love to visit, I’m offering a Mom’s Retreat at Palm Key Nature Center…an opportunity to stop, breathe, relax and learn to slow down and become more mindful in your parenting.
Click here, to learn more about the retreat.