Kaleidoscope Online | Single Parenthood: Wendy Leslie Kirsch

I’ll cook the supper

I’ll feed the cat

I’ll throw in the laundry

There! That is that!


I’ll do the dishes

I’ll wash the floor

I’ll bathe the kids

But wait there is more


I’ll get them all scrubbed

Then I’ll read them a book

Tori has a boo-boo

Let Mom take a look


I’ll fix their bicycles

I’ll take them to the park

I’ll make sure they are in

Before it gets dark


I’ll take them to the doctor

And to the dentist too

There is never time for me

Or anything I want to do


I’ll go to parent-teacher night

I’ll pick up groceries after

I’ll get home quite late to find

The place is a disaster


I’ll go pick up a movie

I’ll make sure it is one that’s good

If only Tiffany didn’t invite

Half the neighbourhood


It’s raining outside

We have decided to bake

They glop gunk all over

God give me a break!


I’ll hug them and love them

I’ll encourage them with praise

I’ll clothe and shelter them

What do you mean I don’t get a raise?


I’ll censor all t.v.

This is good; this is bad

I’ll make all decisions

I’m Mom and I’m Dad


I’ll discipline them for wrong doing

If they make a bad choice

Sometimes I get sick

Of hearing my own voice


We will do crafts together

It will be their reward

Ten minutes later

They will say, “Mommy I’m bored”


I’ll sew a curtain

I’ll shovel that snow

I am jack of all trades

Didn’t you know


I’ll drive them to lessons

And birthday parties too

Sure I can handle it

I have got nothing better to do


I’ll be Santa Claus and

The Easter Bunny as well

They put two and two together

And I thought they couldn’t tell


I’ll be the tooth fairy

I can handle it, I said

I’ll perform my duties faithfully

If I am not pronounced dead


I’ll settle the quarrel

I’ll referee that fight

I’ll rub their backs

Before bedtime at night


I’ll add some oil to my car

That runs extremely poor

Sometimes it seems like more

Than even I can endure


We will become a loving family

We will care for one another

I do not want any ifs ands or buts

Remember I am your mother


I’ll do the mending

I’ll scrub that wall

Wait a minute God

Is this my call?

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