Sometimes my toddler has a way of telling me to slow down and it’s a reminder that I really need.
This poem was inspired by a walk through the New Forest recently. We’d been out for hours and I was conscious of the time and how much I had to do when we got home. So, I started trying to rush Roo along.
She didn’t want to go in her pushchair. She didn’t want to be carried. Of course, she wanted to walk at her own pace and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
I’m sad to admit that I got frustrated at her for not cooperating and how painfully slow we were going. But then suddenly it hit me – these days won’t last forever.
So I tried to put the housework out of my head and we continued at her speed. We made frequent stops to collect pretty stones and smell the flowers. But most of all we had fun and it’s a day that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Obviously, in the mayhem of day-to-day life, it’s not always possible to go at the pace of a toddler but sometimes we do really just need to slow down and enjoy the moment.
As always please let me know what you think.
Don’t rush me mummy
Don’t rush me mummy, my legs are only small.
I’ll be so much faster when I’m big and tall.
Don’t rush me mummy, I just want to explore.
You just see a pile of stones but I see so much more.
Don’t rush me mummy, why are we in such a hurry?
Is there somewhere more important that we need to be?
Don’t rush me mummy, let’s stay a little longer,
Enjoy our time together and let our bond grow stronger.
Don’t rush me mummy, don’t make me go too fast.
Soon moments like this will be a thing of the past.
Don’t rush me mummy, just enjoy the moment,
You’ll miss days like this when they are less frequent.
Don’t rush me mummy, let’s just stop and play.
After all we only have one chance to enjoy today.
Do you ever feel like you need to slow down a bit too? Let me know in the comments below.