• I Took His Hand and Followed

    I Took His Hand and Followed

    Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

    My dishes went unwashed today,

    I didn’t make the bed,

    I took his hand and followed

    Where his eager footsteps led.

    Oh yes, we went adventuring,

    My little son and I…

    Exploring all the great outdoors

    Beneath the summer sky

    We waded in a crystal stream,

    We wandered through a wood…

    My kitchen wasn’t swept today

    But life was gay and good.

    We found a cool, sun-dappled glade

    And now my small son knows

    How Mother Bunny hides her nest,

    Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

    We watched a robin feed her young,

    We climbed a sunlit hill…

    Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,

    We plucked a daffodil.

    That my house was neglected,

    That I didn’t brush the stairs,

    In twenty years, no one on earth

    Will know, or even care.

    But that I’ve helped my little boy

    To noble manhood grow,

    In twenty years, the whole wide world

    May look and see and know.

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