Helping for March13 Challenge


We start to help when we are small
scraping the bowl of cake mixture,
greasing the tins or doing the dishes.
We graduate to making the beds
with Mum on one side to make sure
that the hospital corners are square.

When we are grown,
and have young of our own,
the habits are solidly planted.
From generation to generation,
the wish to help is ingrained,
never to be supplanted.

Even when  we are old
and need help ourselves,
the instinct to help never leaves us –
to look after little ones,
read stories, make jokes,
lend a shoulder to cry on –
every little helps.


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14 Responses to Helping for March13 Challenge

  1. The instinctive urge to help…….such a good topic, Vivienne! Well done.


  2. meethimirchi says:

    Very beautifully composed.


  3. trisha says:

    This is a golden truth. Helping others is natural human behavious. a lovely reminder of the beautiful truth.



  4. this is beautiful! yes every little bit helps 🙂


  5. earlybird says:

    Does any mother still teach hospital corners, I wonder? Most bottom sheets are fitted now with a duvet thrown on top…


    • vivinfrance says:

      Too true, and now the only struggle is getting the duvet into the clean housse de couette! Changing all the beds was part of the Sunday morning routine – top sheet on the bottom and bottom sheet in the wash.


      • thehutts says:

        I tried to teach your grandson hospital corners when we were away but here it would be impossible; he has a high rise bed. Have just started insisting on help with the washing up, at least at the weekends. Fraser also made us very nice smoothies all by himself today – experimenting with different fruits.


  6. Becca Givens says:

    So very true – from the beginnings towards the end … sunrise to sunset! 🙂 ~becca


  7. honeyhaiku says:

    This is beautiful and for a woman’s heart! I love it.


  8. Beautiful thoughts, we should always want to help our fellow man! I nominated you for versitile blogger award:


  9. Bodhirose says:

    I am passing The Versatile Blogger Award onto you. I hope you will accept. I have enjoyed your meaningful writings.


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