A Poem for Parents

Julie over at Musings from a workaholic wrote a lovely post about her sons and the various activities they got up to as kids.

It reminded me of an Irish poem that my parents had up on our fridge when I was young. I will post it in it’s original Irish form (and it is much nicer in Irish) but I’ll also post an English translation. I think those of you with kids will love it.

Subh Milis

Bhí subh milis
Ar bhaschrann an dorais
Ach mhúch mé an corraí
Ionam d’éirigh,
Mar smaoinigh mé ar an lá
A bheas an baschrann glan,
Agus an láimh bheag
Ar iarraidh.


There was jam
On the door handle
But I quenched the anger
That rose in me
Because I thought of the day
That the door handle would be clean
And the little hand
Would be gone

Seamus O’ Neill

Also, a big thank you to Lydia for the Sunshine Award. I know I’ve taken forever to get to it so apologies! To spread a little sunshine to your day, here’s a picture of me on my graduation day:

Note: That is not actually me. I’m much less adorable.

22 thoughts on “A Poem for Parents

  1. weight2lose2013 says:

    Love the poem! Congrats on yet another award! That dog looks like he’s proud to wear his cap. 🙂

  2. motherhendiaries says:

    Gorgeous graduation pic, Janey! You clean up well… 🙂 And I didn’t know you could read Irish! you are full of surprises… I play Irish drum. Well, sort of. So it’s kind of like the same thing. Except totally different. Anyway, love the picture, even though a T-Rex doing the hustle would have been nice…

    • janeybgood says:

      I could read Irish while you play the drum. We could be famous I tells ya!
      Yeah, I was trying to find that picture but it must just exist in my imagination, which is a pretty scary place, so it’s probably best not to go there.

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