There once was a couple whose love was so true
Never a judgement or discouraging view
Working together, day in and day out
No need for dispute, not even a shout
Then one day while Momma was in the bathroom
Her eyes fell on something, plainly in view
This wasn’t unusual or different that day
But something inside her caused such dismay
The toilet paper roll, sat empty and bare
Just cardboard, sitting and dangling in air
She stood for a moment, her face quite contorted
And made a decision, to leave it as he did
She would leave that roll bare
She just wouldn’t budge
It would sit there till he
Changed it all on his own
Quite determined was she
As the days turned to weeks
Each time she would see it
She’d get quite angry
Birthdays flew by
Such an air of contention
No reason, but why?
She thought awful things
And questioned his logic
“When did my love become so lazy, pathetic?”
“He hasn’t the mind to do one simple chore?”
“This man who I’ve given my life, I’ve adored?”
Then one day she’d had it
She marched him right in
And stared at the empty roll
Hanging so grim
When Daddy looked at it
She fumed even more
He had a huge grim
Eyes brightened, giggles galore
If looks were a killer
He’d fall dead to the floor
He wouldn’t be laughing
He would finish his chore
“How dare you!” she screamed.
“You silly old fool!”
“I left this roll empty for not one year, but two.”
“And you never noticed! Or tried to assist me.”
“You just left it for me. Do you even still love me?”
Daddy looked stunned. His smile faded quickly.
He looked at the evidence and sighed long and deeply.
“Oh Momma, I thought this was a sign of our love.”
“I thought you were teasing, like when we were young.”
“And every day since, I would smile and know.
That after these years our love still did grow.”
“So many times, I’d be tempted to change it,
but thought I would ruin this silly arrangement.”
She looked at him baffled, a swell of emotions.
While quietly raging, he was smiling and loved it.
It was then at that moment that she realized her error
and how lucky she was that he loved her so dearly.
She smiled at her love, who had waited so long
And decided to leave it, as a sign of their love.