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The Girl in a Whirl

By “Dr. Sue” aka 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 you’s” 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; It’s 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.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • spitfire June 8, 2007, 8:44 pm

    WOW…..no chance of resuscitation either!!! I think I like the idea of “self sloth” better…..:smile:

  • vinniecat June 8, 2007, 11:09 pm


  • Rachel June 9, 2007, 10:16 am

    Months ago–maybe a year ago?–I used this as part of a lesson for the young women. It was totally lost on them. But the leaders had a great laugh, and a couple of months later when one of them gave a talk in sacrament meeting, this fit her topic perfectly, and she used it.

    It makes me laugh because I see myself in her–not that I am actually able to get even a tiny portion of all those things accomplished, but I very nearly kill myself trying to do it all. *sigh* Someday we’ll be able to do it all, right? Maybe when we’re exalted? Please?

  • Sharilee10 June 9, 2007, 1:32 pm

    I love this one! It came via email a few years ago and I printed it off and keep it with my scriptures. I read through it every once in awhile and laugh– a good reminder that all things should be done in wisdom and it’s futile to try to run faster than I have strength, as much as I’d like to some days!

  • Muriel G. September 11, 2013, 2:22 pm

    I read this poem to my mother….. she said “I use to do all those things!” I guess the blessing at the end of ours lives is – we don’t remember!!!

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