The Nothing Poem

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I was dropping my baby girl to Montessori yesterday and, as I left, I saw a new notice up on the wall.  I went to have a read.  It was a poem.  It made me smile, as so very often I have asked my kids “What did you do today?” and received the “nothing” response (that or colouring!).

The Nothing Poem

When children come home at the end of the day,

The question they’re asked as they scurry to play

Is, “Tell me, what did you do today?”

And the answer they give makes you sigh with dismay

“Nothing, I did nothing today?”

Perhaps nothing means that I observed a bird’s nest,

Or counted to ten with Mrs. West.

Maybe I painted a picture of red and blue,

Or heard a story about a mouse that flew.

Maybe today was the very first time

That my scissors followed a very straight line.

Maybe I led a song from beginning to end,

Or played with a special brand new friend.

When you’re only 5 and your heart has wings,

NOTHING can mean so many things!

                             —author unknown

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at Freedigitalphotos.net

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at Freedigitalphotos.net

12 Comments

  1. Naomi Lavelle

    September 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Sweet! There are a lot of “nothing” days in our house too
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  2. Elizabeth MacDonnell

    September 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    This is brilliant…I’ve had years listening to ‘nothing’….it all makes sense now!!
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      September 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Now we know what nothing means! Doesn’t it all make sense. I loved it as soon as I saw it!
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  3. Olivia

    September 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    That’s lovely. I’m getting a lot of this too lately. How I wish I was a fly on the wall! 🙂
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      September 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Wouldn’t it be so great to be a fly on the wall! We would see what all this nothingness was all about! 🙂
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  4. Lisa | Mama.ie

    September 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Love this. To believe my almost five year old, school is a black hole of nothingness. 🙂
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    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      September 18, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      It’s great isn’t it!. Especially great when you have a 5 year old who is well versed in nothingness! There are lots of them around 🙂
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  5. Mind The Baby

    September 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Not just 5! 3 definitely. And I’m guessing 4, 6, 7, 8…. 🙂

    Lovely.

    • Lucy - Learner Mama

      September 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Oh yes, my almost 3 year old and even my 7 year old learn lots of nothing all day 🙂
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  6. Lisa

    September 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    That’s very lovely altogether 🙂
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