I’m fairly sure this is me

My friend Shannon sent me this poem via email. I was reading it, feeling how I basically feel this same way. And oddly enough, a lot of it WAS me… and then it comes to the end… So, peruse it, and I’ll see you on the flipside.

The in a Whirl
by ~Dr. SuessT
(a.k.a. Vickie Gunther)

Look at me, look at me, look at me now!
You could do what I do
If you only knew how.

I study the scriptures one hour each day;
I bake,
I upholster,
I scrub,
and I pray.

I always keep all the commandments completely;
I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.

I help in their classrooms!
I sew all they wear!
I drive them to practice!
I cut all their hair!

I memorize names of the General Authorities;
I focus on things to be done by priorities.

I play the piano!
I bless with my talents!
My toilets all sparkle!
My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date;
I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!)

I’m taking a class on the teachings of Paul,
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all
I track my bad habits ’til each is abolished;
Our t-shirts are ironed!
My toenails are polished!
Our family home evenings are always delightful;
The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.

I do genealogy faithfully, too.
It’ easy to do all the things that I do!

I rise each day early, refreshed and awake;
I know all the names of each youth in my stake!

I read to my children!
I help all my neighbors!
I bless the community, too, with my labors.

I exercise and I cook menus gourmet;
My visiting teaching is done the first day!
(I also go do it for someone who missed hers.
It’s the least I can do for my cherished ward
sisters.)

I chart resolutions and check off each goal;
I seek each lost lamb on my Primary roll.

I can home-grown produce each summer and fall.
But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all

I write in my journal!
I sing in the choir!
Each day, I write thank yous to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen!
My kids get straight A’s!
And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money;
I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.

I go to the temple at least once a week;
I change the car’s tires!
I fix the sink’s leak!

I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread;
I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.

I make sure I rotate our two-years’ supply;
My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard;
It’s good if you do them;
You can if you try!
Just set goals and pursue them!
It’s easy to do all the things that I do!
If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!

It’s easy! she said…

…and then she dropped dead.

I think I may be on the way to making myself dead. I mean, I expect SO much of myself, work, have my child read by 3.5, help out in the classroom weekly, help out babysitting so I can go to the classroom, keep my house spotless.
NO ONE expects me to do all this, and why do I expect myself.
So, today I give myself a little slack. Perhaps I’ll refill my windex bottle and wash a few fingerprints but I need to have a little fun with my life too…. and I need to remember to work that into all I do. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    My BISHOP actually forwarded this to me several months ago…I had to laugh, because yes, it is me (except I don’t “cook meals gourmet, or plan menus or anything to do with that…), or at least how I’d like to see myself. And I think I have dropped dead a few times. Yep.
    Good for you for takinga break….it’s OKAY!!

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