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It’s The Little Things…

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It’s the little things that get to you.

It’s the, “Not Me” that always gets blamed.  The Birds and the Bees that needs explained.

It’s the cookies hidden beneath the bed.  The fifteen millionth book to be read.

The science fair project that’s due tomorrow.  The hand held out, wanting to borrow.

It’s the crusty, inside out, balled up socks.  It’s the collection of bugs, and the one of rocks.

 

It’s the little things that get to you.

 

It’s the piddle on the toilet seat.  The “mom, you know I don’t eat meat.”

The toothpaste smeared inside the sink. The “momma, can I have a drink?”

It’s the washcloth on the bathroom floor.  The slamming of the gosh-darn door.

It’s the peanut butter knife embossed to the plate.  The “But you never said I couldn’t date.”

 

It’s the little things that get to you.

 

It’s the had-to-have-pup that’s never fed.  The rapid-fire vomit on the edge of the bed.

It’s the missing shoe that’s gone forever.  The ‘ma, what happens if I pull this lever?”

It’s the soaking coat left in the rain.  The Easter dress with the ketchup stain.

It’s ‘yes, the cats have water,’ when they clearly don’t.  It’s litter box scoopers and the “no, I won’t.”

 

It’s the little things that get to you.

 

It’s the grad night party.  It’s the letting go. It’swaiting by the window for headlights to show.

It’s that tiny fist, striking out on its own.  It’s the thought of them leaving.  Of being alone.

It’s the months before college, those last few days. When those little things, is all you crave.

It’s those moments called ‘life’…and you hadn’t a clue.  It was the little things that would get to you.

 
 
19 Responses to "It’s The Little Things…"
  1. Kim says:

    Made me teary…my daughter is going off to college next year and I can totally FEEL everything you wrote here. Very nice poem!

  2. Lynn Falconer says:

    Thanks Keri…………….

  3. Linda says:

    wow chokes you up, you have an amazing way of putting pen to paper, of filling our hearts with feelings we did not know we felt!!!Bless you so much and God bless you and your family and your children

  4. Nancy says:

    I feel your pain..

  5. Beth Haynes Butler says:

    Beautifully said.

  6. Lynn Roberts Patton says:

    When my five children were grown, it was I who left the Family Home. That has been even harder, I think, since the oldest had come back to live there with her two year old that I don’t get to see every day anymore. Since the youngest has turned into a woman I’m very proud of. The middle ones are off in their own lives, too. When the family gathers in the Family Home, I feel a bit of a stranger there. To myself, and to all of them.

  7. Kerri Kindall Sunley says:

    That was truly beautiful. It stirred up memories for me!!

  8. Melonie says:

    You just broke my heart. I might just die when my kids have all gone. The littlest has yet to turn 4 though, so I’ve got a while.
    This little poem is wonderful and resonates deeply with me. I always say I’d rather have hundreds of things to pick up, than no one at all to pick up after. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Missy Kenny-Corron says:

    Today – I posted (FB) about the first time I held my daughter, almost 6 years ago, seems like yesterday or another life.. the precious moments are gone so fast.. when I think to when I was a kid and all I wanted was to be a grown up…  and now.. all I want is to slow time down so I have MORE time with my small children.. this is beautiful. All those things we worry about.. nothing, compared to listening, hugging, repeating I Love You.. etc. Great poem – really captures that feeling so well!!!

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  11. Beverlyrharris says:

    I’m feeling it today.

  12. Pam Janssen says:

    Normally, I don’t like ‘rhymie’ things…. this is absolutely wonderful!  The meter makes your words (and they are good ones) dance on the page.  Of course, the sentiment is also a winner.

  13. Liz Neill says:

    Gorgeous, and Yup!

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