When I was a young mother I routinely quoted the words to “Babies Don’t Keep” throughout the day especially if I found myself feeling a little cranky because I felt that I should have been able to take care of a baby and my house chores.
A couple of years ago I noticed my son and daughter in law where very busy keeping up with the demands of every day life, house chores and their children.
Then I started saying to myself “ Dishes Be Still “and I couldn’t figure out where I had heard those words before. I asked a few of my friends if they knew a poem called “Dishes Be Still” they didn’t, but suggested that I write one. I am not a poet but the other night I was changing the channels on my T.V. and a rerun of Betty Jean Robinson singing a song called “Babies Don’t Keep” was on and it got my attention. Then my memories of being a new mother came flooding back. It was fun revisiting them.
As I went down memory lane I remembered my grandmother singing “ Babies Don’t Keep” to me over the phone on those days when my house chores just seemed to be calling me while I was rocking my baby. I started saying to myself “Oh, Dishes Be Still Babies Don’t Keep” and before I knew it the dishes stopped calling to me and was able to enjoy rocking my baby. If you are struggling with the demands of babies and house chores the words to this song might tug at your heart like it did mine.
Here are the words to the song by Betty Jean Robinson “Babies Don’t Keep”
God gave us these little ones for just a short time. He said, they’re your blessings, but remember they’re mine. Made in his image this mystery unfolds a child is more Precious than Silver and Gold.
So housework be quiet and chores wait in line. I’m holding my Jewel for this is my time. Dishes can wait and dust go to sleep. I’m Rocking my baby and Babies Don’t Keep.
One day you’ll be grown just like daddy and me. And if you’re not loved now oh, how sad it will be. So I’ll tell you of Jesus for he loves you more, So housework be still quiet and chores wait in line. I’m holding my Jewel for this is my time. Dishes can wait and Dust go to sleep. I’m Rocking my baby and Babies Don’t Keep.