My Paintings

My Teddy Bear Is Scared

Mommy I'm sorry to wake you up so late
But teddy is scared so it couldn't wait
He heard a loud noise outside our window
Jumping out of bed he then hurt his toe

Mommy can teddy and me stay in your room tonight
He's real scared and he's holding my hand so tight
I know he'll feel better if you turn on a dim light
When morning comes teddy says he will be alright

I bet you will be happy mommy when I get all grown up
You and daddy can replace teddy with a new little pup
Soon I will be big enough to sleep in my bed by myself
Then we can find a place for teddy on my closet shelf

Author Eileen Clark 2022

Iwona Podlasi?ska and Pinterest
My Paintings

My Daughter

Sometimes I'll wake up in the morning and wish that I had not
I've given my worst and given my best, I've given all that I got
Getting up is no fun anymore, no new adventures have I to seek
I'll try to get up and then pretend that my life is not quite so bleak 

Through  blurry eyes I see my daughter looking down over me 
A much too cheerful voice I hear, good morning my dear mommy
So quick and so ready to make for me a much brighter and better day
Listening to my same old stories trying not to let her mind go astray

Two girls and a boy the number of children I have are three
My oldest child a grown daughter is the one looking after me
Does shopping and laundry and makes meals for me every day
She sits by my bed every evening listening while I pray

Sometimes as I'm looking at her face I'll notice a bit of a strain
I'm fully aware of the situation, so often I can be such a pain
As mothers come and mothers go, I know that I wasn't the best
Many times I will ask myself, why with her have I been so blessed.

Author Eileen Clark

My Daughter Valerie And Me

Image:Beautiful painting found at Claudia Tremblay Studio Champlain, New York.

My Short Stories

There Are Tigers In That House !

My granddaughter just had her first child and I wanted to give her something to keep in her head as she goes through life raising her children. I told her about an experience I had with my son David. One of the very important things as a parent to do is always pay attention to what your child is telling you. I did try to do that but believe at times I may have failed. It was before your mom was born Chelsea, one day when your grandfather, you dad Jeff and I, your great-grandfather Lincoln and great-grandmother Ruth were coming home from a fair.

We were on a highway in a suburban type area, beautiful homes set back from the road with nice manicured yards. My son David, who was three at the time, started shouting, “There are tigers in that house, there are tigers in that house!” We all laughed since David was always talking about apes and tigers, and we had just been to a fair. As we kept moving along down the highway I could see David was really upset. He looked up at me with his big blue eyes and said, “Mommy, I really did see tigers in that house, honest Mommy.” I pleaded with my father in-law that we must turn around and go back.

I literally got booed by a few in the car, but this time with a little sharper tone in my voice Gramps did turn the car around and back we went. It was going to be pretty hard to know how far back we had to go because no one saw the house with tigers and so which kind of house do you look for ? What color was it, was it big or small ? I then said, we should keep going until we see the house with the tigers in it, after all, he shouted it out as soon as he thought he saw them. You can imagine how well that went over. Everyone was nonchalant about it but David and I kept our eyes glued to the left side of the road because he did know what side the house was on.

Holy Molly ! This beautiful house had two big tigers enclosed in their garage, David did see it. My father in-law pulled right into the driveway, parked the car, and we all just gazed at the awesome sight of the two big tigers and praised David up and down. Always pay attention to what your child is telling you Chelsea, I was so glad I did!

Author Eileen Clark