That used to be me!
As you pass in your car,
And beep to make clear just how busy you are.
That used to be me, on a Friday night out,
My top cut so low that my boobs half fall out.
That used to be me, tearing up the dance floor,
And tottering home with a pizza at ‘4.
That used to be me, with a cosy duvet,
Staying in PJs and slothing all day
That used to be me, going shopping for fun?
And popping to Starbucks for lunch when you’re done.
That used to be me, making plans without care,
With only a toothbrush and clean underwear.
That used to be me, walking straight passed a park?
And leaving the house when it’s actually dark!?
That used to be me, buying make up and shoes,
Reading a book or just catching the news.
That used to be me, having brunch with a friend,
Completing each sentence beginning to end.
*Whispers* …That used to be me, judging mums from afar,
And tutting at how misbehaved their tots are…
But now THIS is me.
I wear practical clothes.
I will halt conversation to wipe someone’s nose.
I race into shops and I’m out in a shot,
Dragging six bags and a tantrumming tot.
I am now that mother who turns a blind eye,
And lets the odd child indiscretion go by.
I will always be home by the latest at four,
And will mostly be found picking toys off the floor.
I am ready for bed at a quarter past nine.
Despite doing nothing I never have time.
But would I go back to my lifestyle pre-tot?
I would really and truly emphatically not!
But an elderly lady looks over at me.
She’s silently thinking:
“That used to be me.”
She smiles at the thought of those days long gone passed,
And knows that these phases all fly by so fast.
The magical years of adventure and fun,
Are such precious memories, each single one.
And given the chance to change places, she would.
She’d go back in a heartbeat if only she could.
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