Play The NOW GAME, they say.
It cures fright, worry and guilt.
So I play. Walk into the family room.
There, children drizzled candle wax over the floor.
Just to check if it would be slippery, they say.
With a placid smile I play: We are scrapping it off. NOW!
In the kitchen, they covered cabinets in shaving cream
Carrying their ‘pet Fuzzies’ in their palms, they insist.
So I play, serenely, by the book: We are cleaning it off. NOW!
In the living room, sits a pile of hair
Sister snipped off her brother’s head.
And I still play smiling: scissors in hiding, NOW!
This time, double NOW: everyone marching to bed, NOW!
Is NOW getting a bit bold? Growing an ego?
Getting tricky? Perhaps it’s just an impostor?
You better do the laundry, NOW!, he commands me.
Then we snuggle, and NOW gets quiet
Even NOW needs to rest sometimes.
I think we will raise the NOW
In our kitchen and family room
On waxy floors and smeared cabinets
We will toy with the NOW, now and then,
And tickle him,
Until the grumpy NOW
learns how to smile
Inspired by Scott Noelle’s today’s post “The Now Game”. Scott’s parenting advice, the unconditional love broken into small manageable daily pieces has been a great inspiration and well-worth practice for me over the last year. If you are a parent, I highly recommend his Daily Groove.