Monday, April 18, 2016

Dust If You Must, But Wouldn't It Be Better...

Ahhh another weekend came and gone!!! How did we get to mid-April so fast?? (>.<)"

I usually do most of my household chores and cleaning during the weekend since our weekdays are pretty full. I'm not really a domestic goddess so other than folding laundry and vacuuming {both which I find strangely therapeutic}, I loath doing household chores.

Came across this poem though, which really just reminded me that time just flies by and we should make the most of it... at the end of a long and dusty week, not everything always needs to be in it’s place.

So rather than be stuck at home doing mundane stuff, off we went to watch The Huntsman: Winter's War movie {so good! go catch it if you haven't!!}, swim at the club, shop for new gymwear at Decathlon, eat Pow Sing chicken rice and walk at our neighbourhood pasar malam this weekend instead  

Not that living in an unkempt home is great, but don't people say that we shouldn't mind the mess, as the family is making memories?? hahaha


Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go {and go you must}
You, yourself, will make more dust.

- Rose Miligan



Theresa Mahoney said...

I love this poem! So true, that we should really invest our time in things that make us happy, like family time. I do a big clean on Monday, getting every nook and cranny. Then I spot clean the rest of the week so the house is presentable, but I can still enjoy life.

Unknown said...

Haha, one of my first bosses told me - life is too short for housework. :P

An Apel a Day said...

Such great photos of the two of you. I enjoy family time as well. We've been doing yard work most of the weekend, but at least we did it together. My sister had us all over, so that time was the best.

Stacy said...

Hehe good poem! But I do like the feeling of a clean house... without the need to wash the soles of my feet before stepping on something.

Cascia Talbert said...

That poem is beautiful! And so true. It seems like time flies by way too quickly. Have a fantastic week.

mail4rosey said...

My kids are growing up so fast (three of them have already grown in fact). The poem is right, getting that time in, is very important. Family time is happy time. :)

KarMie's blog said...

Yes, we will have a ton of time to clean once the kids are out of the "nest"! Then we will complaint that we don't like cleaning. Lols...

Good reminder for all OCD mommies out there... I'm glad I'm no longer one after having kids!!!

Jamie chaw

Young Smarties said...

What a lovely poem! It's really beautiful and am going to read it to my kids ;)
I don't really like doing housework too but no choice since being a stay home mom...have to set target to clear housework just like work work of a mom!

Shub said...

Such beautiful and true words in this poem. End is inevitable and all we can do is make the stay enjoyable for us and others...

Shub from

Unknown said...

One of the poems I live by to help us prioritize what really matters in life but of course there's always some time and space for some good spring learning too. Everything in moderation I suppose. Thanks for sharing.

--andy-- said...

Woo Hoo, I agree 100% Life is too short and YOLO. But my Mrs will definitely challenge me haha :)

cheers, Andy