Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mama's Day

Just want to take a moment to wish all you mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day or Happy Mama's Day or День Счастливой Матери.

I just have to post my favorite picture of Nancy and Mark, taken on Mother's Day 1998. Mark was 3.

And this is ME and my mom, taken in 1963 or '64, I would suppose, at Avalon, Catalina Island, California. Happy Mother's Day to you, too. I love you.

Babies Don’t Keep
By Ruth Hulbert Hamilton, 1958

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Lullabye, rockaby, lullabye loo.
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo,
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo,
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs;
Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

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