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patter of little feet, the

The presence of small children. This now usually ironic or satiric reference to the presence or imminent arrival of offspring was originally a bit of Victorian sentimentalism, as in Lord Ronald Sutherland-Gower’s Reminiscences (1883): “The patter of little feet, and the unconscious joyousness of children.”
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I have become attuned to the patter of little feet in the dark.
Newlyweds Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may be totally besotted with each other after tying the knot just before Christmas, but there seems to be no patter of little feet on the horizon.
My parents became great grandparents in no time and the constant pitter patter of little feet and the sound of bubbly laughter reverberating through the walls became quite common.
A hint, perhaps, of the pitter patter of little feet at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace where the newly-weds will live.
"I'm just glad the baby is due at the end of the season as I hope we'll have won the league by then!" The news about the impending patter of little feet would have been sweeter had St Mirren taken three points and stretched further away from their rivals at the top of the table.
Last Christmas, the house they built in Creswell was filled completely with the patter of little feet. And Gommy, as the little ones call her, loved every minute of it.
Wayne Rooney could soon hear the patter of little feet - and I don't mean from his Man Utd team-mates.
There was a patter of little feet and a lot of giggling and shushing.
Apart from the additional stresses, strains and sleep deprivation that they bring, there's nothing more joyous and life-changing than the patter of little feet in the home.
And the patter of little feet proved too much for fellow colleagues who spent the morning admiring the latest arrivals.
But it is important that articles such as these lead to a society where women who choose to have babies later on should be given every possible help to achieve the patter of little feet, not in order to bully women into entering the world of motherhood before they are ready to do so for fear of being stigmatised unfairly as a selfish have-it-all.
"When the pitter patter of little feet arrive, more expenses than ever will materialize," says Williams.
The Greatest Prize ``If you have a warm home to live in, Maybe only two up and two down, Two loving arms that enfold you And whispering words to pick you up when you are down, The patter of little feet running to meet you When they see you from work coming home, Eyes shining with love and laughter, Calling to mum that you'rehome.
Nevertheless, a reversal does not guarantee one will soon hear the pitter patter of little feet around the house.
Longfellow's legacy has been almost reduced to the astonishing number of his lines that have come into common use: "Ships that pass in the night," "The patter of little feet," "Into each life some rain must fall," "Footprints on the sands of time," "When she was good, she was very, very good."