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A Castle’s On the Kitchen Table | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

A Castle’s On the Kitchen Table

P. Sherman. 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
Image by M. Angel Herrero via Flickr

A model castle’s on the kitchen table and the fish tank’s in the sink.

Sometimes I get so busy, dear, I’ve forgotten how to think!

 The kids are in the backyard making spears from dead tree limbs,

The garden’s not near planted but the baby sings a hymn.

We’ve lost our pens and pencils and the school year’s near the end,

Derby cars swing on my clothesline; neighbors swear I’ve past the bend.

Told my kids the other day, the library’s not made for roller skates,

The laundry’s piled, the kids are wild – No shoes can find their mates.

Sometimes I get so busy, dear, I’ve forgotten how to think!

That’s when it’s time to measure the moments that pass before we blink.

Then the plates will set the table, no stacks will pile the sink,

I fear I’ll get so lonely, dear, I’ll forget how to think!

These days are few and fleeting – Treasure each and every day,

Whether trials or laughter – Drop extra stuff for time with kids to play.

Give me a castle on a kitchen table and a fish tank in the sink,

And a heartful of children’s memories, more precious than gold or mink.

(Written a few years ago – now the kitchen table gets filled with laptops, and I miss the castles.)

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3 Responses to “A Castle’s On the Kitchen Table”

  1. Beverly Klima April 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm #


    I just checked out your blog…I think that’s what it is called…I’m fairly new to this. I throughly enjoyed the “spider” story, and I will be reading more for certain. Also, I’ve enjoyed all your classes, and I’ve learned so much. I came back to work yesterday, and used the “Conditional Formatting….that’s just about the best thing since sliced bread. Have a great day, and I’ll be checking in. I feel like I’m going to learn a lot from you! Be Blessed!

    • marybiever April 30, 2010 at 2:31 am #

      Thanks, Beverly. Glad the conditional formatting helped. Always love working with HMPL. Hope you have a good weekend.

  2. Champ March 9, 2017 at 2:21 am #

    That’s an ingoineus way of thinking about it.

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