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by Lisa M. Sheldon, guest writer

With the winter slowly slipping away, most parents are as ready for spring as their children are. We have spent months trying to keep the kids entertained, healthy and happy and, if possible, keep our own sanity in the process.

By the beginning of February the newness of all those electronic Christmas gifts had worn off and by March even the old standby of television had lost its charm for the children in our lives. Spring is almost here and the weather will soon send everyone outside to play, work and grow.

As I thought of all these things, it sent me rummaging for a poem my mother found somewhere several years ago and sent to me while I was home-schooling my two boys. I found it in a file marked “misc.” and thought it was a good time to share it with my fellow Calhoun parents. Remember and celebrate.

Prayer for a Tired, Irritable Parent

Healthy children make lots of noise.

They sing, they shout, they belly laugh,

they fight, they bang things together,

they bounce things, they cry, they scream,

they make lots of noise.

They play loud.

God, bless my healthy children.

Give me new ears,

ears that hear the music of their noise.

Give me new understanding,

understanding that doesn’t crush their spirits

with my intolerance and oversensitivity.

Give me a new Peace,

a Peace that is grateful for the sounds

created by healthy children.


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