‘Making Room for her nearly 8 year old Things’
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
I try to include writing quite regularly on my blog and because my blog is about positive thinking, I wanted to explain in this post why my writing posts may not *always* follow suit…
Meanwhile, here are my thoughts on parenthood…
This adventure they call parenthood
This adventure, this journey
They call ‘parenthood’,
Began with 2 lines on a test,
Mouths wide open we stood…
…In disbelief, in awe,
In excitement, in glee,
A mummy and daddy to
a new life we would be.
Tears and tantrums would come,
All this and much more,
That’s just me and hubby
Throwing ourselves on the floor…
It’s a privileged position to nurture a baby,
To guide them, to love them,
The best adventure you’ll have
Of that there’s no doubt.
There’s no love quite like it,
As we have found out…
By Carol Cameleon 2017
What’s been the nicest adventure you’ve had in parenthood so far or what are you looking forward to? I’d love to know! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
Pretty post-its and pencils ~ a poem
When my Mum and Dad upcycled my cot,
There was not one tiny detail that they forgot;
More holes were drilled in the legs to ensure
The top could be lifted to last me past four…
There was space for my pen pots, for sellotape, and for glue
And paper a-plenty to make pictures for you.
My imagination station’s a place just for me,
To potter, to write, to develop literacy…
And let’s not forget my maths and my sums,
Times-tables, number bonds ~ numeracy’s such fun!
I’ve made cards for my friends and my family too,
And even pets’ birthdays, they can’t read them, mind you!
With paper, pens, pencils always ready for me,
My Imagination Station’s the place to be!
On an ipad or a tablet you can tap, touch and swipe,
But nothing beats paper, so don’t believe the hype!
Yes technology’s great in this cyber age
But there’s something ’bout writing a story page by page…
We’ve even made paper, I learnt how to at school,
It sits on my desk, next to my very own pink rule…
What I mean to say is that there are no rules,
With pretty post-its and pencils, my imaginative tools…
Creativity has no bounds, it’s true,
With mine, I’m never stuck for something to do…
By Carol Cameleon 2016
The story behind the poem: I happened upon this little arrangement on our little girl’s desk. I thought how pretty the bits and pieces looked randomly among her other creative tools!
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