“All Day I Did the Little Things …”

The Blue Bowl

All day I did the little things,
The little things that do not show;
I brought the kindling for the fire
I set the candles in a row,
I filled a bowl with marigolds,
The shallow bowl you love the best —
And made the house a pleasant place
Where weariness might take its rest.

The hours sped on, my eager feet
Could not keep pace with my desire.
So much to do, so little time!
I could not let my body tire;
Yet, when the coming of the night
Blotted the garden from my sight,
And on the narrow, graveled walks
Between the guarding flower stalks
I heard your step: I was not through
With services I meant for you.

You came into the quiet room
That glowed enchanted with the bloom
Of yellow flame. I saw your face,
Illumined by the firelit space,
Slowly grow still and comforted —
“It’s good to be at home,” you said.

   – Blanche Bane Kuder

Some days we never finish all that we intend to do. But the reward of a husband returning home — one man happy to be in the embrace of his woman, content to sleep under faded comforters and eat simple meals — seems to make every chore, every project, every list worthwhile and even enjoyable.
A dear friend of mine shared this poem — I couldn’t help but fall in love with it.
Love and blessings,

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