A thought for all the mothers out there who feel like they should be somewhere, earning money, and doing a real job. Despite Gillard’s push to get you back into the workplace, you are doing a job that truly matters,…

Today I left some dishes dirty. The bed got made about two thirty.
The nappies soaked a little longer, their odours grew a little stronger.
The crumbs I spilled the day before were staring at me on the floor.
The dirt streaks on the window panes will still be there next time it rains.

“For shame, oh lazy one!” you say and, “Just what did you do today?”
I nursed a baby while he slept. I held a toddler while she wept.
I played a game of hide and seek. I squeezed a toy so it would speak.
I pushed a swing, I sang a song, I taught a child what’s right and wrong.

What did I do this day through? Not much that shows, I guess it’s true
Unless you think that what I’ve done, might be important to someone
With brightest eyes and softest hair. If that is true – I’ve done my share!
– Anonymous

Jake the Clown and Silvermist the Fairy
Jake the Clown and Silvermist the Fairy