Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Girl in a Whirl

If you, or someone you know has ever felt overwhelmed by all they feel they need to do, Vickie Gunther of Redlands , California , wrote a hilarious poem, Dr. Seuss style, about how much LDS women try to take on. David B. Marsh used it at Women's Conference, and Vickie has given permission to share it.

The Girl in a Whirl by 'Dr. Sue' (a.k.a. Vickie Gunther)
Look at me, look at me, look at me now! You could do what I do if you only knew how.
I study the scriptures one hour each day; I bake, I upholster, I scrub, and I pray.
I always keep all the commandments completely; I speak to my little ones gently and sweetly.
I help in their classrooms! I sew all they wear! I drive them to practice! I cut all their hair!
I memorize names of the General Authorities; I focus on things to be done by priorities.
I play the piano! I bless with my talents! My toilets all sparkle! My checkbooks all balance!
Each week every child gets a one-on-one date; I attend all my meetings (on time! Never late!) I'm taking a class on the teachings of Paul, But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,
I track my bad habits 'til each is abolished; Our t-shirts are ironed! My toenails are polished! Our family home evenings are always delightful; The lessons I give are both fun and insightful.
I do genealogy faithfully, too. It's easy to do all the things that I do!

I rise each day early, refreshed and awake; I know all the names of each youth in my stake!
I read to my children! I help all my neighbors! I bless the community, too, with my labors.
I exercise and I cook menus gourmet; My visiting teaching is done the first day!
I also go do it for someone who missed hers. It's the least I can do for my cherished ward sisters. I chart resolutions and check off each goal; I seek each "lost lamb" on my Primary roll.
I can home-grown produce each summer and fall. But that is not all! Oh, no. That is not all,
I write in my journal! I sing in the choir! Each day, I write "thank yous" to those I admire.
My sons were all Eagles when they were fourteen! My kids get straight A's! And their bedrooms are clean!
I have a home business to help make some money; I always look beautifully groomed for my honey.
I go to the temple at least once a week; I change the car's tires! I fix the sink's leak!
I grind my own wheat and I bake all our bread; I have all our meals planned out six months ahead.
I make sure I rotate our two-years' supply; My shopping for Christmas is done by July!
These things are not hard; 'tis good if you do them; You can if you try! Just set goals and pursue them!
It's easy to do all the things that I do! If you plan and work smart, you can do them all, too!
It's easy!" she said and then she dropped dead.

4 comments:

Hillary said...

Except for the drop dead part, that poem describes me to a T! Just kidding, I don't think I actually do anything in that poem, that's how out of sorts my lovely little life is:)

D and K Gibson said...

I have heard that before, but it is still so funny. That is why we feel so overwhelmed all the time because we are told we are supposed to do all these things, and there is just not enough time or energy to do it!!

Ali said...

That is awesome! I emailed it to my girlfriends ... it explains the LDS women's lifestyle so well! ;o)

Nunley Family said...

I'll have to share this on my blog. I think sometimes we get more discouraged that we should because we do think we should be super-mom. Thanks for sharing!

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