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The Monster That Lives In The Bin…

Image shows two pine cones and an empty snail shell.

Dear daughter…. I’m sorry to tell you this way,
But a hideous crime was committed today.

You discovered yourself as you went in the bin.
*deep breath*
That a piece of your artwork had somehow got in??

Half in shock, and perplexed as to how it got there!
I was stuck without words, only able to stare!?

I too was distraught and completely bereft,
As we salvaged the dry bits of art that were left.

And your eyes reached to mine for a reason or cause?
I had nothing to offer except ‘awkward pause’.

Just who? I did question, would do such a thing?
To such classical pieces of pasta and string?

A heinous and hideous parenting crime?
The scoundrel found guilty should have to do time!

But I’ve reasoned there’s only one thing it could be!
As I know with conviction that it WAS NOT ME!

It must be “That Monster” I say with a grin.
That mischievous beastie that lives in the bin!

He’s scruffy and grumpy and green like The Grinch,
And he spends his time looking for treasures to pinch!

That thing from your pocket that once was a snail.
Those pine cones you found on The Gruffalo Trail.

Those damp bits of twig and your series of rocks,
That beloved bunny we made out of socks.

He lurks and he sneaks in the dark of the night
And he snaffles the things that are shiny and bright!

Your nursery doodles – exquisitely fine,
Your magnificent series entitled “The Line”.

Each moss covered pebble, old button and leaf,
He pilfers them all, the despicable thief!

And he scampers back home with a mischievous grin,
And he buries them deep in his den in the bin!

That half eaten lolly looked ever so nice,
And you loved it so much that you sneezed on it twice!

Those 48 bottle tops covered with glue..
He knew they were special so snaffled them too!

What a terrible monster he truly must be.
I should feel so ashamed if I thought it was me!

It’s so rude that your loot has been so disregarded,
And all of your treasures so cruelly discarded!

I would stop it from happening. Obviously.
But my hands are quite tied as of course – it’s not me!

To destroy all your treasures?
No way! I would never!
I would love them and stroke them and keep them forever!

It is tragic and sad but that’s just where they go.

And it still wasn’t mummy.

Just so that you know.

…*whistles and slinks off sideways*

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24 thoughts on “The Monster That Lives In The Bin…

  1. Brilliant – absolutely brilliant. She will thank you one day when there aren’t 30 boxes of ancient artwork and school books that “the monster” couldn’t pinch. I still have 4 boxes that I can’t throw away because my mum couldn’t throw them away!!

    1. Oh bless your mum! To be fair I literally have nothing from when I was little so I’m generally quite sentimental and have numerous baby books and boxes of first shoes etc. The 7432 pieces of junk modelling (basically the contents of someone’s recycle bin plus glue stick)? Those I can live without! Luckily they seem to be monster’s fave so we’re onto a winner! ? Thanks lovely xx

  2. This is brilliant Dawn! We have yet to have the bin monster visit us (perhaps because Alfie is our first child and therefore we’ve yet to learn that we don’t need to keep EVERYTHING?!) but as we are due to move house in a few weeks and I haven’t even started packing, we may need to borrow your bin monster for all those masterpieces that he’ll really appreciate….#coolmumclub
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    1. Oh I can promise you that the bin monster can be trusted to ramp up his appetite when you’re faced with moving house haha. We move next week and he’s been on a full on rampage! Hope your move goes well lovely. Thank you x

  3. I think we might need to go to and order a couple of green bin buddies! I might then be able to find my dining table which after last weeks ‘filing’ episode (80% Tigs underbed storage, 18% Mouses underbed storage, 2% bin) is three foot high again. My kids LOVE to draw…and it’s all far too lovely to throw away! #WereGoingToNeedABiggerBox
    Wonderful as always…thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub
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    1. I so just clicked on that link and everything. Half disappointed and half excited to see that it doesn’t exist. Next stop… Dragon’s Den! I can kind of deal with the drawings. They’re flat. It’s the armfuls of junk modelling I’m presented with after nursery. They definitely need some monster action! Good to know that I’m not alone in my struggles lovely! Thanks for hosting x

  4. you had me at the first line, I knew exactly what what you were going to say, I wasn’t expecting a poem, absolutely BRILLIANT.
    My 6 year old comes home from school with Junk Art, yes its a thing, and that thing ALWAYS ends up in my green bin(Irish recycle bin). I give it 2 days then its gone along with the guilt of throwing it out.
    I put the last Junk Art in the the boot of the car last week and its still there, she hasn’t mentioned it, so thats my new go-to-place but alas its joining the every increasing black bags of clothes for the charity shop! #blogcrush

    1. Oh I’m with you! Our nursery loves a bit of junk modelling and ours also end up in the boot. It always looks like a recycle bin has been emptied in there with numerous boxes and yogurt pots strewn around with occasional bits of glue! ? I’m pleased to be in good company. Thanks Vivienne x

  5. Hah hah! Brilliant Dawn, I love it. I got rumbled just days ago when I was trying to sort out the paper recycling and my youngest discovered shock horror her drawings in the pile. She was incensed! I had to make out I had no idea how they had got into the recycling bin! Will definitely remember the green monster next time round! #CoolMumClub xx
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  6. this is absolutely brilliant!!
    my kids try to hoard all sorts of stuff!! must remember the bin monster next time we need a sort out ?

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