You’re pretty good at understanding
and I really need to talk to you
Like she does every night.
I was trying to play a trick on her,
Since she can’t see without the light.
and pretend to be asleep.
But when I heard her crying,
I didn’t dare let out a peep.
Did You hear the things she said?
Could You hear what she was saying
As she stood beside my bed?
I wondered just what I had done,
And then I began to remember it all
As she named them one by one…
But, honest, I really didn’t know
That if I picked all those little yellow blooms
the tomatoes wouldn’t grow!
Cause I know that’s what Mommy needs,
But I don’t think she was too happy with us
When we pulled up carrots instead of weeds.
She decided we had helped quite enough.
I sure had worked up an appetite
didn’t know gardening was so tough!
And I shared too much, I guess…
But I didn’t realize until I was done that
Charlie had made such a mess.
She had one of her headaches today.
She told me to keep an eye on my sister
and find something quiet to play.
gave my little sister Jenny?
We played barber shop…very quietly… And now,
well, she doesn’t have any.
She said never to cut “peoples hair” again.
I guess I’ll practice on Charlie instead.
I just knew he must be so bored
going round and round In the same place all day,
Wouldn’t You think so, Lord?
I didn’t think it would hurt to let him out for a while.
I mean, mice need exercise, too.
By the way, have You seen Albert lately?
He’s been sort of missing since two.
She said we needed fresh air.
But when Daddy came home she told him
She was trying to get something out of her hair.
So we decided to brighten her day.
But, God, did You see the look on her face
when we gave her that pretty bouquet?
So Mommy said to get in the tub.
“Use soap this time,” she reminded,
“And please don’t forget to scrub.”
But I lathered up real good.
I knew Mommy would be so proud of me
for cleaning up like I should.
I went downstairs to the table,
But during dinner it started to rain…
I’d forgotten to turn off the water, it seems,
and I hadn’t unplugged the drain!
to start getting ready for bed,
When Mommy said, “It’s sure been a long day,”
And her face began turning all red.
As she told You about our day.
I thought about all of the things I had done
And I wondered what I should say.
That I’d been awake all along,
And ask her to please forgive me
For all of those things I’d done wrong.
“God, forgive me for today…
For not being more understanding
When those problems came my way…
You wanted me to…
For getting angry And losing my temper,
Things I know You don’t want me to do.
and, God, please give me more patience,
Help me make it through another day,
I’ll do better tomorrow I promise…
In Jesus’ name I pray.”
And knelt here beside my bed.
She stroked my hair for a little while…
“I love you, precious,” Mommy said.
That I’d been awake all the time.
And God, could we make it our little secret?
You know, just Yours and mine?
I really didn’t mean to be…
Daddy says, “It’s tough being a kid sometimes,”
But I think it’s harder on Mommy than me.
It’s sure nice to know You’re there.
I feel so much better when I talk to You
Cause You always hear my prayer.
Just You wait and see!
I’ll try not to be much trouble again,
But, God, Please give more patience
to Mommy Just in case! Amen.
come into my heart,
and bless me, my family,
my home, and my friends, please.