Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer
Posted on 10/16/2018
DSM and family

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

DSM and family

Yesterday, while searching and searching for my family’s membership card to Boston’s Museum of Science, I got distracted and ended up cleaning out the junk drawer.​

Among the many pens and pencils, coupons, take-out menus, paper clips, lip balms, post-it notes, packs of Trident gum, miscellaneous keys, batteries and expired membership cards, I came across a small pile of inspirational quotes and poems that years ago decorated the cork board next to my desk.  I’m not a saver, so I was very glad that this collection of meaningful (to me!) prose survived many moves over the last 25 years.  One poem in particular, struck a chord and brought a smile to my heart.  It reminded me of the conversations I often have with family, friends, colleagues, staff & patient families about how busy and hectic our lives have become.  Sometimes a random piece of paper in the bottom of the junk drawer can be just the reminder we need to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy!

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
By Diane Loomans
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I’d model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.


Dr. Shelley McBride
Pediatric dentist, Franklin and Needham offices