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子どもとの時間

ちょうど1年前に、下の"The Last Time" という詩を知り、ブログに書き留めました。

そこでも書いたのですが、この詩の日本語訳はないようです。
内容は、簡単に言ってしまえば、
  子どもが生まれると、自由や時間があった頃が恋しくなる。
  でもね、物事には必ず終わりというものがあって、最後の時はやってくる。
  子どものことで忙しいかもしれないけれど、そういう時は限られていることを忘れないで。
という感じ。


就学前の子ども達のいる職場で働いていて、色々と見聞きするなかで、この詩を今日また改めて読んで、色々と思い悩んだりしているかもしれないお母さんたちに、そっとこの詩を教えてあげたいなって思いました。



The Last Time

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you had freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don't forget….
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child,
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.
One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus”
and do all the actions,
Then never sing them that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.

The thing is, you won't even know it's the last time
Until there are no more times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realise.

So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them,
and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.

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