I'm Okay 
  
  The house is a mess, the dishes are dirty. 
  I'm too old for this stuff, I'm well over thirty! 
  The car is not clean, my hair is a wreck, 
  And I've already spent next Friday's paycheck. 
  
  The laundry needs washing, the kids are too rowdy, 
  And I never have time for a leisurely "Howdy." 
  With all that I do, it's never enough, 
  It's never quite finished, it always looks rough. 
  
  I looked in my mirror and what did I see? 
  A harried old stranger, where I used to be. 
  The hurrier I go, the behinder I get. 
  Today is tomorrow, and I'm not caught up yet. 
  
  My kids are growing at such a fast pace, 
  That I'm missing their childhood for the sake of this race. 
  I work and I clean and I cook, and I say 
  "Hit the books, clean your room!" there's no time for play. 
  
  Well, the Lord, for some reason, chose ME with the care 
  Of three of His children, but I'm rarely there! 
  I've GOT to slow down lest there's nothing to show 
  For my role as their mom when they pack up and go! 
  
  I'm only one person, but look through my door, 
  What appears to be one, divides into more! 
  I'm a chauffeur, a cook, a planter of trees, 
  A teacher, an umpire, a mender of knees. 
  
  Sometimes, I forget that deep down inside, 
  There's a lady with feelings, and last night, she cried. 
  She gets tired and lonely, feels taken for granted 
  She wants to see blooms from the seeds that she's planted. 
  
  Then, amidst all the turmoil in this mind-bending pace, 
  My little ones look at me - square in the face... 
  And just when I need it, they all in one day 
  Say, "Momma, I love you" and then...I'm OKAY! 
  
             by Rabona Gordon 
  Reprinted by permission of Rabona Gordon (c) 1999, from Chicken Soup for the Soul

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