One of the most painful experiences as a writer, especially one who considers themselves to still be learning, is re-reading your own work. It’s a necessary task, but it should be done after you’ve had time away from your work. But here’s a question: what if you read your writing only to find that, above all else, it’s simply boring? If you find that you’re not as inspired or passionate as you aimed to be, what can you do?
We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,
“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;
Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,
For the old toys that now need a new home…
Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,
Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,
“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,
It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”
Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,
So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;
But a little while later she presents a small pile,
Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…
“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!
I’ve had them since I was around about three.”
‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,
Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!
Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated
To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…
But you know what? It’s all good and exciting,
The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…
With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,
With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,
All signs our little girl is little no more,
As she practices dance moves on the living floor.
We see her character growing and growing,
Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!
Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings
Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…
By Carol Cameleon 2017
How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet? I’d love to know! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere