Thursday, March 24, 2011

An Ode to My Messy House


Rather than diligently using my spring "break" (ha, ha, ha-- to all mothers with kids home from school) for spring cleaning, I thought I might more profitably use my time to complete a poem that's been unfinished for a while (like so many other things in my life.)

An Ode to My Messy House

Oh here’s to the virtues of cooking and cleaning!
To rooms that are tidy and kids that aren’t screaming,
To organized living with style and grace,
a place for each thing and each thing in its place.

Just because these high standards feel out of my reach
doesn’t mean I don’t value the merits of each.
But while cleanliness, neatness and order are nice,
for now other virtues will have to suffice:

Oh here’s to the calmness of quietly sitting!
To resting, enjoying and conscious omitting.
To lingering, laughing, adventures and fun:
All the things that can’t wait till the housework is done.

So while organized living is still “on my list”
I don’t need a spotless house just to exist.
There are virtues enough simply living with zest.
Sometimes a disorganized house can be best.

by Karen, 3/24/2011

7 comments:

Caren said...

Love it Karen! Some organization is needed, but spotlessness probably won't happen until our children have moved out.

Jared and Allyson said...

I love it - Great job!

Emily Laing said...

My motto from now on! LOVE IT!!!!

Camille said...

This is great! It echoes my thoughts exactly!

Ranell said...

Beautiful writing, Karen. As you know, it takes effort for me, but I'm learning to 'consciously omit' my constant need to do housework. I can enjoy life if my house isn't immaculate! My kids will only be small (and WANT to spend time with me) for a very short time, and I'm making memories with them that will outlast any cleaning project. And it helps that as the kids get are getting bigger, they can help a little more (not a lot, but a little!)

Rebecca said...

Can I post this on my blog?! :D

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

This is awesome! Great poem! I completely agree with these sentiments. I wrote a blog post about it a while ago: http://www.ithoughtiknewmama.com/2011/01/i-thought-i-knew-my-role/