Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Mother's Love Song by J.M. Downey

I don’t know how I stumbled upon the crafter day. Truth be told, I can’t sew, knit or turn scraps into a masterpiece. I’m a writer. I use words to create my master pieces. But here I am on crafter day, trying to tie my post into the theme.

So let me show you my one meager attempt at knitting. I made this doll while God was stilling knitting my daughter in my womb. It’s simple, lop-sided and well kind of falling apart. I made this because a huge love grew in me for my child and I wanted to give her something that would display that love.

I never realized how important it was to make sure she knew of my love until recently. My daughter just got diagnosed with ADHD. Since that diagnoses, my life has been an endless array of meetings, treatments, and trying to find out how to get my six-year-old child with the intelligence of a third grader (according to her doctor) to pass first-grade.

But throughout the whirlwind of the last couple weeks, I overlooked something. See children are perceptive. My child instantly picked up there was something wrong and asked me what was ADHD. I had neglected to talk to her about what was going on. Somehow in all this hoopula I forgot there was a little person, with emotions and feelings; not just a product I needed to perfect. I realized then, I needed to change my outlook.

One night we sat down in a position we mastered when she was a infant. She sat between my outstretched legs, with her own stretched out as I rested my chin on her head. I told her even though she has troubles in school, and can’t stop fidgeting, I would always love her. And I will. I wove this poem together for her. A poem I would love to turn into a children’s book that all ADHD mothers can share with their children. So please enjoy my knitted blanket of love.

An ADHD mom’s love song.

I love you when your widgeting
and just can’t stop fidgeting

I love you when you tumble back
and all the books go smack

I love you when you loose your bear
and all your days end a fit of tears

I love you when you soar through the air
for you seem to have no fear

I love you when your words flow in a stream
and are as rapid as a fleeting dream

I love you even when your letters float on the pages
as you try and write down all your little sages

So let me tell you this my darling child.

No matter what your hear; no matter what you dare
I will always try and keep you near

For you my sweet child are more than a four letter word
You are my gift from the Lord

Josette Downey  is the christian romance author of A Time to Say Goodbye and Bonds of Tradition. She has master’s degree in English from East Carolina University, and currently works for a premier test scoring company. She is the mother of a precocious six-year-old girl, who enjoys bugs, snakes and superman.  She enjoys southern cooking, reading and exploring emerging technology, but is best defined by her devotion to her faith and the empowerment of women in the modern world.

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1 comment:

  1. Josie, what an absolutely sweet and touching poem you have written. And aptly named, for a mother's love knows no bounds. Thanks for sharing your story with us.