General Poetry posted February 20, 2019

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Having kids was last on my list

I Vow

by Gail Denham

Early I vowed never to have kids.
No sticky PB&J sandwiches,
snotty noses, stinky diapers,
or middle-of-the night barfing.
Never wanted to create three meals
a day for some man and noisy kids.

Swore never to wear nylons or high heels
either. Came eighth grade graduation.
Nylons and taffeta were expected. I did
also break down and babysit for money
to buy a few sweaters, on layaway.

Then "He" came home from the army
the year after I graduated. He hung around,
made himself indispensable, and waited.
My resolves began to melt. I even
wore a hat for our simple nuptials.

A year later when our first son grabbed
my fingers in his hours-old fist,
I capitulated. My list of resolves,
fears, the "never" vows went flying.

I embraced PB&j, wiped noses, changed
diapers and cooked. Held forever by strong bonds
of love for this first son, his three brothers,
and a marvelous faithful man, who, by the way,
cleaned his share of middle-of-the night messes.
I wasn't that besot.

Story Poem/Prose contest entry

Funny how the images we determine to avoid become real. And suddenly they have value. I'm thankful for the patient man God gave me. And only by God's grace and mercy have we survived for nearly 60 years. Lessons learned, the mistakes I made could fill books. And I expect this story might resonate with many moms.
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