Another Ramen Noodle Night (A Poem)

by StevenHelmer

A poem about the challenges that come with being a parent today.

As is often the case lately, it's been a pretty busy week this week and, as a result of that, we've had more than one "fend for yourself" dinner night and I don't think we've even managed to eat one meal together. This ultimately ended up inspiring this poem, which is about being a parent and the difficulties that come with it.

My Poem

It's going to be another ramen noodle night

The kids will just have to deal.

There's way too much going on right now

And I don't have time to make a family meal.

I know this isn't like you see with the families on TV

June and Ward always had dinner waiting for Wally and the Beav

My wife and I, on the other hand,

Are lucky if we can find a few minutes to breathe.

 I'm sure there are other parents who would look down on me

And say this isn't the healthy meal my kids deserve.

But, they have school in the morning and, if they want to get to bed before late

This is what they are going to get served.

Sure, I know it's not the healthiest choice

However, that's OK.

I'll just give them a glass of milk to go with

And try to make up for it another day.

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I know I'm supposed to put the kids at the table

For breakfast, lunch, dinner and other.

But, our table is once again

So full of clutter.

Yes, I could grab the garbage can and get started cleaning

But, by the time I get done, they'll be too tired to eat and I, myself, will be fighting back blurry vision.

So, i guess tonight will be yet another night

On the couch in front of the television.

 Sure, I know June and Ward

Would have a fully-decked place setting right down to a fancy drinking glass.

But, when it comes right down to it

I hope they would be understanding enough to give me a pass.

Because, let's face it, June didn't have anything else to do all day

And Carol Brady had a cook/maid.

They didn't have to worry about needing two incomes

Just to make sure the bills get paid.

So, while I know our big family meal

Is becoming way overdue.

Tonight at least

My kids will have to settle for another ramen noodle dinner for two.

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Updated: 12/02/2016, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 01/07/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for your poem.
The beats and the word choices combine to make me think -- in terms of the fatigue, not of the bleakness -- of the worker "Sewing at once, with a double thread A Shroud as well as a Shirt" in Song of the Shirt by Thomas Hood (May 23, 1799-May 3, 1845).

Children like ramen noodles. They love what can be served with them. "They" say that breakfast and lunch are more important than dinner, which if it's basic and simple tends to be called supper.

What would you and your family have on and with ramen noodles?

judy on 12/03/2016

Steve, you've done it again....this is so true & I love it.....

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