Thank you to Emma Weinheimer for sharing this absolutely beautiful poem with us about her lovely family!
In the morning, a little face peeps over your bed and whispers “Wake up, sleepy.” Giggles waft into your room from the little hallway. A tug on your covers hints that they aren’t kidding. Better get up before Mom yells up the stairs. At breakfast, sleepy-eyed children gain their usual energy. Some gladly accept the day, others would rather sleep for another two hours. “Can I have the milk?” “Don’t eat all the toast.” “She got more orange juice than me!” “Hey, guys, I had the coolest dream last night!” “Do tell.” Races to the house’s single bathroom result in a complete ignorance of the two-people-in-the-bathroom rule as five kids crowd around the bathroom sink, saying through a mouth full of toothpaste “ECKSHKUSH MEH! I HAFTA SCHPIT!” Thus the morning proceeds as books are taken out of cubbies, sticky-note lists are consulted, and the home computer is fired up. The two littlest kids, a girl and a boy four and two years old, sneak into their bedroom, snickering the whole way. Ten minutes later, they both come out in princess dress up, twirling and singing. A kindergartener begins his daily reading practice. Slow and steady it is, sometimes altogether stopping to figure out a word, but onward he pushes, wanting to finish the book. In the third grade, a nine-year-old attacks multiplication with the same ferocity she uses in basketball. Two middle schoolers fight over the computer to see who gets to start typing a report. Oops. they both have to start on math. You? You’re upstairs, listening to all of this. As you pull out your notebooks, getting on with another day, elephants thump-thump-thump up the stairs, then all is silent except for a gentle knock on your door. When you open the door, you don’t see elephants but two smiling faces, your littlest brother and sister, who have ventured up the stairs to pay you a visit and to show you their lovely dresses. You smile and remember what a great blessing it is to be a part of a large family and to start your morning in such a beautiful way.
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