Forty-four Words are Not Enough – A Quadrille

In the nick of time

My motto, my nemesis

My days overfilled with

Kids needing

Husband wanting

Daughterly obligations

School “volunteering”

Catholic guilt

Running miles – Ha! No

Running behind – yes

Secretary, chef, driver

Driving myself crazy

Oh look something else to sign up for!

This quadrille responds to De Jackson’s (WhimsyGizmo) quadrille prompt #87 – Nick and Jamie Dedes’ Wednesday Writing Prompt to write about my life and the things/events that make an impression on me.

Well, if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know my poetry and prose usually revolve around my identities as a mother and runner. This quadrille is no exception!

The school year has started for all my kids, even my preschooler is in three day PreK. Yet despite having three days “all by myself,” I find myself still running out of time, running late, running from appointment to appointment. I’ve signed up to help out at their school and at our church while training for a race, writing and keeping up with household duties. This might not be a lot for other people, but it’s a lot for me. I’ve been thinking about going back to work outside the home but where would I fit that in? That “nick” of time is not truly enough.

©️ iido 2019

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16 thoughts on “Forty-four Words are Not Enough – A Quadrille

  1. Oh, I have been in that season of life! Preschool is deceptive freedom. By the time you drop off and run one or two errands, it’s already time to go back. 😉 Mine are teens now, and it’s easier in some ways, harder in others. “I do run” too, when I can. Slowly. So I LOVED these lines, especially:
    “Running miles – Ha! No

    Running behind – yes”

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  2. Hi Irma. Wonderful use of the word nick in your quadrille. I definitely understand catholic guilt. Took me years and years to shake the tendency. Had it beat into me in the 1950’s by the nuns.

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