Most toys are gone,
(with just a few for Smiley)
I like things spare and clear,
Calm space is what I need.
My children do not mind.
In the door they come,
And off the shoes they go.
Once abandoned or flung, I have taught them well.
Paired up neatly, they colonise the empty corners and abandoned spaces.
Except that shoes have a home too.
The children know I overlook them.
My eyes slide past them most days.
I live inside my head.
They don't exist if I can't trip over them.
Until it's time to clean. Then I see them everywhere.
And grumble as I gather and pile and sort and store.
But next time I see them I smile.
Because when teenagers, separate rooms and headphones
Mean there's no sight or sound of children in the house,
The shoes have it.
Bright reminders that they're still here.
I'll miss them (and the children) when they're gone.
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