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

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