Friday, January 2, 2009


For all of you who find themselves obsessing over demands on your weight (either up or down) during this New Year Resolution season...
Please read this poem my friend wrote:

Ten, tiny, perfect toes
perched on the edge
of a metal ledge

Large, brown eyes
stare ahead
at the numbers
that will tell her a lifetime of lies

She waits..

ten , tiny seconds
for the slide to stop
on her young girl…weight


For ten long seconds
my mind screams out…
Baby of mine
you sparkle, and shine!!

you're so much more than a number!!
spin on your toes
turn your back on the lies
your worth can not be measured!!

The scale can’t put numbers on all that you are
an old piece of metal can’t go up that far…

I look at the nurse and speak from my heart…
here is where medicine and love
will part

Don’t look at my daughter
and assign her a number,

speak her label out loud…
she’s so full of life
and I want her to know…
her number’s NOT what makes me proud!

She’s smart and she’s funny
caring and brave
independent and honest
and all that I must SAVE

For the world will measure her
the rest of her days
in numbers and letters
they will measure her ways

Soft brown waves
little freckled nose
Mommy will protect you
from what you need not know

So for today
this nurse and I will have to disagree
I spin my child
on the metal stand

turn her around to face me
big brown eyes…
ten tiny toes…

in this moment
my love is all you need to know.

Copyright 2008 Jennifer Phillips Wolsey


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Loved the poem that your friend wrote. And it is so very true.

Becs said...

Hi Melissa, I hope you are having a blessed New Year! I just adore that poem, that is awesome! Thanks so much for the visit. I am almost ready for some more glitter. Can you get the aqua in bulk? Becs

Eileen & Karen said...

Love it, love it, love it! Thanks for stopping by my blog Melissa!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and so well said.

gail said...

Hi Melissa, such a beautiful poem :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.. Happy New Year,,, and happy creating.. gail

Anonymous said...

Love it so much for you get out to Mass. in summer?

Unknown said...

Melissa thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I wish a very happy new year too. I read your poem about the weight, how touching. I wish people would realize that it is what is inside a person's heart that matters. I have struggled with weight all of my life but not severely just 20 or 30 lbs but when you are a child and chubby, it is so hard, I know. Thank you for posting that.

Cindy - Angel Wings Cottage said...

Hi Melissa - - Happy new year to you too! :O) I loved the poem . . how very true. We must try to protect our little ones as long as we can. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Hugs! Cindy O.

Hilary said...

What a beautiful poem...makes me think twice.
Your blog is wonderful. :)
Happy New Years!

Alisa Noble said...

Oh, that is SO beautiful!!!

Happy New Year!

Mia Sophia said...


as a mom of three daughters, that is so true. It takes a lot to protect them from the lies of the scale! (especially when we ourselves fight it).

Mimi's Rose Chenille Boutique said...

Melissa - What a beautiful poem! Please stop by my blog and pick up your award I have nominated you for, when you have a minute. I Love your Blog! I also you wish a Wonderful and Happy New Year.

I hope your weather has calmed down and you are not knee-deep in snow!


Mrs. Charlotte said...

I have nominated you for a "Blog Award" ~ Looks like Mimi beat me to it but you truly deserve this award.

Mrs. Charlotte

Anonymous said...

Melissa, Thanks for following my blog. Lovely poem.

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