105 Ways to Give a Book

2:00 a.m.

That’s when I caught the escaped hamster. 2:00 a.m. I am the most devoted mother ever, and one of the most tired. The hormonal soup of anxiety and adrenaline have left me physically wrecked, but I’ll take the day to recover and hit our 48 Hour Film Project screening tonight with full energy — and a caged hamster at home.

My Poetry Friday contribution is an original piece about my experience.
As a mother I expected diapers and crying.
Boo-boos and bee stings
Hurt knees and hurt feelings.
I was prepared for sick days, sleepless nights,
tantrums, homework, and sibling squabbles.
But there are times
When it comes down to moments
Of pure absurdity.
A grown woman stalking a hamster.
Staring in the dim light for hours
The taste of being a hero
Resting in the sweet smell of strawberry
in a tin can covered, finally, thankfully,
By the hand of a mom.
The Poetry Friday round-up is done by Writer2B. And in case I don’t get another chance to say it, Happy Mother’s Day!


Vivian Mahoney said...

I'm sorry. I laughed when I read this post because of the imagery you painted.

I am so glad you caught the escaped hamster and hope you get a good night's sleep tonight.

May your daughters treat you like a queen and shout out to the world on how awesome a mother you are. You totally rock!

Happy Mother's Day!

tanita✿davis said...

Oh, my goodness, YAY!!! You ROCK, Mom, and I'm sure your girls will let you hear it!

Unknown said...

Yay! I'm so glad you caught it. Love the poem!

Alyssa F said...

Congrats! So good to hear the hampster is back home now.

Anonymous said...

There must be something going around. My brother was up all last night, too... walking around the neighborhood looking for the dog, who had escaped - leash and all - during an afternoon walk. His son, too, had just gotten the dog after years of pleading. At five in the morning, my brother finally caught up with the wandering canine ... two miles away on the other side of the very busy road that killed their last dog six years ago. Much relieved exhaustion at his house today, too. Happy Mother's Day!

Little Willow said...

SO glad that the hamster is safe and sound. You go rest now!

Ms. Lauren said...

So glad you found it :)

I had one of the plastic tube cages as a kid. My hamster must have found 10 different ways to get out of it.

Our hamster now has an all- metal, virtually escape proof cage. No problems so far...will let you know if that changes.