Wednesday, 7 March 2012

I Remember

By Lucy Wall

“I Remember” is a poem I wrote for my Mum and Dad’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary and gave it to them framed as a gift. It’s quite a simple little poem but it speaks of just a few of the happy memories I have from growing up. It also shows my gratitude to them for all their love and hard work over the years and ultimately my gratitude to Jesus for blessing me with the family that He gave me.

I remember lots of cuddles and Mum with curly hair,
A sister to look up to, who from the start was there.
I remember we'd play "dress-up" in Mum's clothes with old hair clips.
We'd put on little shows for Dad when he came home from trips.

I remember goldfish and hamsters, each with it's very own name
And scaffolding in the garden as a makeshift climbing frame!
I remember pinnies at dinner time and holidays riding our bikes,
Discovering sprouts are repulsive and one of my greatest dislikes!

I remember endless patience and journeys on a train
As Mum would entertain with cards and join in every game.
I remember lots of laughter and thrills of slight alarm
As Dad would spin with me and Ashley clinging to each arm!

My thoughts are full of memories that never seem to tire,
Of summers in the garden and winters by the fire.
Mum cooking in the kitchen is a sight my mind can see
Or the image of Dad working hard while fixing a T.V.

Remembering a time more simple, something I can do.
A childhood home with family and it's all thanks to you.
Your marriage brought you daughters in the months May and December
And we'll be forever grateful for the gift of "I remember…"

Ephesians 6:1-4

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honour your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”