Judge me if you must, but today felt great!

We sat around the fire pit drinking wine ’til late.

Judge me if you must, this staying indoors is fine!

We laughed, we played, we painted, we could get used to this, in time.

Judge me if you must, but today was a bit of a struggle,

The house was in a mess and my emotions in a muddle.

Judge me if you must, but we had no strict routine,

Trying to work, learn and play and keep the dishes clean.

Judge me if you must, today I needed them more than they needed me.

I needed hugs and kisses, and a hot cup of tea.

Judge me if you must, but the schoolwork went to pot,

My daughter went to pieces, and we both cried a lot.

Judge me if you must, today I judged others too,

Forgetting that we’re all the same, doing the best job we can do.

Judge me if you must, but today I felt lost.

Why am I complaining when the whole world has stopped?

Judge me if you must, today I feel so blessed,

We’re safe, we’re happy, we’re healthy, but it’s O.K to feel stressed.

Judge me if you must, but remember that we feel different day-to-day,

We’re all trying to find a way through in our own unique way.

Judge me if you must, I do know others are on the front line,

And it is from them we will draw our courage,

Because of them, we will be fine.

Steph Dearlove