Note: I wrote this poem on August 18, 2010, for the first day of school. Each year, on the night before school starts I post it again. Tonight is the night. What a great summer break we had!
Our three boys will be starting school in the morning. One will be a Junior in HS, one beginning HS as a Freshman, and the youngest in his last year of elementary...5th grade. Our daughter won't have to start school in the morning. She's bragging about it, of course! :) No, she'll be going to college next week....starting a brand new, exciting life. But, she's still in the poem!
'Twas the night before school started and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse (thankfully).
The backpacks were hung on the laundry room hooks,
They would soon be loaded down with papers and books.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of homework danced in their heads.
And Dad in the bedroom had just begun snoring,
And I was still cooking and might be 'til morning.
When out of a bedroom I heard such a clatter,
I sprang down the hallway to see what was the matter.
Away to the bedroom I made a mad dash,
And opened the door, my toe I did smash.
The night light plugged in shone brightly in the night,
One of the children had yelled out in a fright.
When what to my wondering ears did I hear,
But children exclaiming, “It's finally here!”
With a kiss and a hug I calmed down their spirits,
And told them I loved them – they needed to hear it.
More rapid than TIGERS, the prayers for them came,
And I spoke to God softly and called them by name.
Be with Lauren and Zachary, Jacob and Tyler,
And guide them all safely - my prayers lifted higher.
To the kitchen I then wandered all calm and sincere,
That God would be with them throughout the school year.
I rushed through the cooking and baking with ease,
And got to bed early – I was certainly pleased.
But before my tired eyelids ever closed for the night,
I prayed for my children one more time – it seemed right.
In the morning they'll awaken, mixed emotions galore,
I'll miss them and think of them and pray for them more.
But I won't need to worry for my Father knows best,
That He is still with them when they're out of the nest.
Written by Lori Waugh
August 18, 2010
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