Friday, March 20, 2009

Chasing bubbles, chasing dreams

There is chicken thawing on the counter, and laundry in the dryer.
Floors to be vacuumed.
Blogs to be read.

"Mama! Can we blow bubbles? Come outside!"
I sigh. Interrupted.
And I don't like these bubbles
When I squeeze the bottle, they drip down my hand.

"Hmmm... you go outside and blow bubbles. You can do it!"
She shakes her head, sad. No. It isn't fun to blow bubbles by yourself.

So we go out, and I sit down on her stool, on her level.
Brown eyes fill with excitement.
Blow bubbles, Mama!

I pop up the wand, the drippy one. And oh yes, it trickles down my hand. Messy.
But sometimes making memories is messy.
And sometimes messy can be fun,
If you let it be.

Bubbles flutter around her head like fragile dreams.
She dances and darts this way and that, not knowing which to reach out for first.
She laughs when her finger pokes through one, and pouts when another flies too high.
Not every bubble can be caught, not every dream realized,
But baby, you sure can try.

I forget about the million things to do inside,
And am lost in the now.
The late afternoon sun hits my back, and reminds me that I would have missed this
If I had stayed inside.
The day is pure spring, this feeling pure joy.

The chicken is still on the counter,
the laundry still needs to be folded,
the vacuum still sits in the closet,
and the blogs have multiplied since I stepped outside.

But we were busy.
Chasing bubbles, chasing dreams.

This is my entry for Scribbit's April Write-Away Contest.


Carpoolqueen said...

I've made a conscious effort to play the last few days with the boys (they're on Spring Break). They're 9 now and don't ask often. Your poem reminded me that the window of opportunity for this season of life is slowly closing.

Jenn said...

What a beautiful post! I often get caught up in my work and forget to take time to just enjoy my children. Thanks for reminding me to stop and spend time with my children.

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

This was beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

Becky said...

I don't spend much time at my computer anymore........I enjoyed all the blogging a little too much and it took too much time from these kinds of things! The best things in life are not 'things'.....for me, they are these every day moments with my kids!
You should go into the blog design buisness! Looks gorgeous!

Aspiemom said...

A great post, Jackie!

I'm glad you stepped outside to blow bubbles with Savannah!

Tracy's Porch said...

Beautiful!!! The moment - the way you expressed the moment - all just so beautiful.

Sarah @ this Beautiful Mess said...

Thank you for the reminder!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

Jackie, you nearly made me cry with that one. So beautiful. You are a good mama, even if you sometimes have to say no. But when you do say yes, those moments will be treasured.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Oh, Jackie, I have chills...beautiful words for all of us to remember each day.

--Leann-- said...

Reminds me alot of 'Song for a Fifth Child'. I remind myself often that someday I will wish I could blow bubbles, or fold an entire basket of itty bitty clothes, or pick up stray cheerios off the floor.

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

{Jodie} said...

You did the right thing. :)

StephieAnne said...

That's beautiful - what a great reminder to savor the "now moments" with our most precious treasures....

Sara@i.Sass said...

We had a day like this, when it was a beautiful 60 degree day, only we played with sidewalk chalk, that is 3D. It was wonderful!
Today: woke up to a light dusting of's THAT for 3D.
We can't wait to get out there again.

Elizabeth said...

Such a beautiful picture of motherhood. I need to be lost in the now more often!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Love this post! If only we could remember this every day.

Lois Lane II said...

Beautiful, Jackie, just beautiful.

Melissa said...

Well written ~ you pulled on my heart strings...enjoy the spring air.

Amber said...

This was really, really beautiful. Thanks for sharing your precious moment with us.

Although I feel your pain...I hate drippy bubble wands.

Melissa said...

By the way ~ you've been tagged!

Gretchen said...

I know you did the right thing. And I wanted you to do the right thing. But why is the right thing the most effort? Always?

Savannah is one adorable and blessed daughter.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Beautiful! SO many meanings to so many of these words. So wonderfully put together Jackie! This is why I alwasy get excited when I see a new post published by you.

Rachelle said...

Love it! Beautiful post! Man - I Can't wait until I get to play with bubbles.... Soon....

Beachy Mimi said...

Beautiful post.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

So sweet! You made the best choice!

Kellie said...

Such a great reminder that stopping to "chase the bubbles" is very important!

Although I am with you! I don't like drippy bubbles!

Polly said...

Awesome!! It takes just that one word to describe this post. What I would not give to have my babies back at home. They grow up so quickly, savor every moment while you have them.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Best of kind of busy there is!

Juice said...

Yes! This is the important stuff.

Colored With Memories said...

beautiful, jackie! i'm just coming back from a bit of a steal moments just like you mentioned! i'm with you on messy bubbles though...another activity please?!?

Scribbit said...

What a beautiful post! And I hate to admit that bubble juice on my hands is not my favorite things either :)

H-Mama said...

Love this! Absolutely beautiful... I'm so glad I stopped by. I've enjoyed catching up on some of your posts.

Alice Wills Gold said...

We've all got to make more room for the bubbles, don't we?

NGS said...

A good reminder to all of us! Thanks for that.

Antique Mommy said...

I loved the poetic style of this post. It was just lovely.