Kids! I Am Not Cut Out For Them

I must say I do enjoy all the different writing prompts from other bloggers.  I am sure I would not have published much left to my own devices for inspiration.  It would just be the Jack and Goldfinch site.

Well here is a challenge I have not tried before, it comes from estherchiltonblog whom, from what I can see, is an excellent encouragement to other writers.

This week’s challenge is to write a story, limerick or poem on the subject of:


For a long time people who know me have said I would make a great mother.  I think they presume because I like baking and cleaning and have a gentle way about me, I am mother material. I have no idea why they make such an outrageous claim!  Truth be told, I would make a useless mother and I am happy to explain why.

Kids will always have the edge over me when it comes to wits.  I am a softie.  They figure that out in about eight minutes and then they take advantage.

Kids are so smart! I am not embarrassed to admit it, kids are far more clever than I am.  I know from experience.

My friends marvel at the rapport I seem to have with kids.  If I am left in the company of a little one it takes a few minutes for the two of us to be having a captivating conversation.  I get on with children and find them fantastic for conversation.  They are often very honest and logical and have a great ability to reason.

So they assume that if I can achieve those results within minutes, I would be a great baby-sitter, or in the future a mother.  Wrong!  Conversation is one thing, but I cannot take responsibility for a child who decides they are going to do something completely crazy.  Kids just don’t listen to me when they are determined to do something ludicrous. They know how soft I am and they try to convince me they know best and I know nothing.

Even my niece who is around 16 months of age is too clever for her own good.  She learnt to walk before she was a year old, and not long after that she learnt to climb…it is exhausting trying to keep up with her to make sure she doesn’t injure herself.  But she is too young to understand why we are all having kittens about how quick she is on her little legs.

I am full of admiration for parents everywhere.  I marvel at my parents who were so successful with seven of us.  The lessons both my parents taught me and the example they set for me are such a treasure that will surely guide my steps for the rest of my life.

If I were to marry a man that I believed would be a great father-figure and he wanted to start a family, I would review my conviction that I would not make a great mother at all.  If he could at least keep the kids from impaling themselves or breaking any bones, perhaps I could help with all the other stuff.

Because I don’t have the energy to keep up with kids:

I Reckon He’s Going To Be Tall Just Like His Dad

Do you want to see something almost too cute to be true?

It being Tuesday Newsday, I was trying to find out what is going in the world on the BBC News website and I became distracted by this:

Of course, I have an element of slightly mixed feelings as I would prefer to see all giraffes in the wild and not in zoos.  But zoos exist, and often aid endangered animals. I have visited zoos and safari parks and aquariums throughout my life and been excited to observe many different creatures.  My favourites are always the giraffes.  They seem to move so gracefully, I am completely enchanted by them.

To cheer you up even more…how about a clip from a giraffe who escaped the zoo with his friends?  Here is a moment King Julien finds Melman the giraffe who believes he has just a couple of days to live. What a unique mentor King Julien makes!  I honestly don’t know any other lemur who is as smart as King Julien.

And if you are a Madagascar fan…you will love this…great housework music: