Babies Don’t Keep


I have always loved the lines, “Quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.” Only recently I discovered the source of these timeless words–a poem published in the Ladies’ Home Journal in the 1950’s entitled “Song for a Fifth Child.” See the following link for the full poem and story:¬† Various poets and songwriters* have so beautifully captured the bittersweet sense of passing time. As mothers, we put everything into helping our children grow–it’s our main work and intent–but then they actually do! ¬†There is nothing more important than being present with our children, whatever stage we are in.


*”Mother you are Worried” by Marie Bellet; “Turn Around” by Malvina Reynolds