by Brittany Plancarte
The sicknesses come and go A lot more go lately Fevers, coughs, upset tummies, infections It gets overwhelming when the symptoms works their way through the house One baby after another, after another I get so exhausted I forget to pray I can’t focus on who the true healer is But I can focus on the bad, the fatigue, the bags under my eyes, being overwhelmed That’s easy It’s easy to focus on how exhausted in both mind and body I am Or how sick my babies are, all back to back, week after week Especially how it feels like I can never catch a break It’s easy to focus on how they’re missing out on school, extracurriculars, and most importantly family time I can I can focus on the bad times But I won’t Instead I’ll look at the good buried deeply beneath layers and layers of bad The silver linings The light in the darkness The time I get to hold them and keep their hot little bodies in my arms I mean, how much longer will they want me to cradle them? We may have all been sick but we got to lay around holding each other, spending time together, doing nothing No distractions of school and activities We weren’t on the clocks time for once Just going back to the basics of love Loving each other and stopping the never ending schedule that keeps us away from each other The busyness, gone I won’t focus on the bad Instead I’ll pray through it I’ll deal with it Give God my worries, burdens, and my babies health The bad will no longer be my focus.
Brittany Plancarte holds a B.S in Criminal Justice. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to four children. She has always found comfort in expressing her feelings through poetry.