The Point Of It All

Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of protecting him from all that is bad in the world.

Knowing that I wont always be able to is the hardest thing of all to accept. It makes me feel powerless. I want my son to learn about life and have adventures of his own as he grows. But he must make mistakes and he will find himself in scary places. I will do the best I can to prepare him for everything which may come his way. It’s what being a mother is all about, really. I made him. And now I must watch over him.

A poem someone gave to me when I most needed it, which I will give to him when he is old enough:

Oh, the places you’ll go! There’s fun to be done!
There are points to be scored, there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball,
Will make you the winningest winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as can be,
With the whole wide world watching you on tv.

Except that they dont,
Because, sometimes, they wont.

I’m afraid that sometimes you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you cant win cause you’ll play against you.

All alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, theres a very good chance,
You’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road, between hither and yon,
That will scare you so much, you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go,
On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far,
And face up to your problems, whatever they are.

Dr Seuss


The photograph was taken during my first summer of single motherhood. His nut brown tan and white blonde hair remind me of myself in the summer as a little girl.

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6 Responses to The Point Of It All

  1. I’ve not come across that poem before, but it kind of sums it up doesn’t it? Thanks for posting it!

  2. Debbie says:

    That poem is lovely!

  3. ~Mama says:

    You gotta love Dr Seuss, what a wonderful poem to share with your boy in years to come! He’s a lucky boy to have such a thoughtful, protective mum. My girls love ‘The Sneeches’, ‘Hop on Pop’ and ‘The Tale of Barthalamew Cubbins’. Shel Silverstein has great poems for kids too, I recommend ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ and ‘A Light in the Attic’ and ‘The Giving Tree’.

  4. Absolutely adore Dr Seuss!!! I’m a fan of anyone who takes advice from the books – they are the best.

    “Oh the things you can think…”

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