Work Will Wait, the Rainbow Will Not {Neither the Child}

I love this quote and I love this picture. It is my 5 year old, who dressed herself in her own unique style. When we were leaving the shop, she asked if she could sit in this rad rocking chair. My first thought was no, b/c I was in a hurry. I adjusted my thinking quickly though and said, ‘why not?’.

She took off her jacket, hopped right on and said, “Mommy, take a picture!”.

I took 12.

Then she started looking at other things on the patio and the cars passing on the highway and chatted away. It is always interesting and special to get a peek into a 5 year old’s brain.  A moment worth stopping for.

It may be hard and not always an option to stop and enjoy the things a child wants to do, but if you can for just a few minutes, you will both cherish it then and later.

“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.” ~Pat Clafford


  • Mariah Parrish

    I love love love this! I try to remind myself of this with my almost 3 year old son. There are so many times that we are in such a hurry we have to tell him things like “No, we can’t catch that grasshopper, we have to go”. Last week, he was finger painting on the porch while I was cleaning the house. He painted himself red and said that he was spiderman. My first instinct was to clean him up, but he asked me come outside and play with him.. so I did. We fought all the bad guys, we ran around for probably an hour, and I got the most wonderful pictures, videos, and most of all memories. I am so thankful that I let the housework go for a little while, and enjoyed that moment with him, because I know that was a moment that I would have never gotten back. Thank you so much for sharing! And adorable picture btw. <3

  • John Carratello

    I’m trying to find a way to contact Patricia Clifford, in order to get permission to use: “The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work” quote for a book I am writing. I can’t seem to find any information about her. Can you help me with this?

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