Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Mother's Prayer

All mothers,
Who art down the road, in the house next door, all around the world,
Hallowed be thy names,
Thy time will come, thy work will be done.
You give this day the daily bread - endless sandwiches (with crusts off, and cut the right way), wraps and pittas, with hummous or ham, jam or peanut butter, with butter or without, that will be left half-eaten.
Forgive us our shouting and lack of patience,
As we forgive those grubby fingered little sods who drew on the walls with our lipstick, sat on their sister, spat out their dinner and said mean things to their brother, and decided he'd prefer another mama.
And lead us not into temptation - three slices of cake is enough for a mama, and the grass is not always greener despite what you might think.
But deliver us from repeating cycles of abuse, hurt and destruction upon our precious charges,
For theirs is the future,
The power and the glory are not apparent right now,
Forever, and ever, and ever they seem to take to go to sleep, and it all seems a blur,
But one day we will see the results of this daily drudge and give thanks for our part in this miracle.
Ah men, don't know how good they've got it, or what they're missing.

8 comments:

  1. 'Ah men' made be laugh out loud x x

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  2. Lovely!

    And now I'm going to be even more sacrilegious and add that I'm glad I'm not a Catholic anymore, as I don't think that saying "Blessed art thou among women" would sit too well with me anymore.

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  3. This is great! Put a grin on my face today - thank you!

    And thank you for your kind words on my site. I am so glad to have found your beautiful corner of the web and a likeminded Mama! Thank's for saying hello - I look forward to getting to know you through your words/images here.

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  4. Thanks all - I enjoyed writing it. I was in the bathroom at the beginning of another hair-raising day, promising that I would try even harder to keep my patience with my kids, and to forgive them all their misdemeanors, and then I was thinking how mums all round the world might be starting their day like this - give me strength, I prayed out loud, let us get through breakfast at least - and then I realised how relevant the Lord's Prayer was, but as I started through it I realised once again how male-centric it was (which is the main thing to push me away from the Protestant faith of my childhood) - so let's do a mother's prayer I thought, using the same skeleton, which is relevant.

    Welcome Allison, thanks for calling in! Looking forward to getting to know you more through our blogs.

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  5. Love it! Thank you so much for linking this up in your comment. I'm printing this out and putting it on my parenting board.

    I hope you'll participate in Mindful Mama next time. I'd love to read what you come up with :)

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