Sunday, November 30, 2008

And to Think I Forgot it on Mulberry Street

dedicated to The May Queen, the elephant who always forgets

When I leave school to ride on home
Mom always asks of me
"What did you do in school today?
(is this school worth its fee?)"

At recess I did run about
and played I was a jet
But now I don't remember so:
"Oh... I forget"

And though I learned a lot about
making a robot
All I can think to say right now:
"Um... I forgot"

Then Mom asks after friends she knows,
and new ones I have met
And though Michelle was really nice:
"Oh...I forget"

In music we had lots of fun
dancing the Turkey Trot
but when I think back on my day:
"Um... I forgot"

When Mother asks me questions
I know I will regret
but somehow all I know to say is:
"Oh... I forget"

This post is a publication of Monday Missions, Inc. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a post in the style of a children's story - one of Joy's favorite past missions. (if you click on the "children's story" link it will take you to the one I did last year, and you can get the links to all the others from that (you'll have to click on the "here" link). It was actually a rather popular one, so you can see several examples for inspiration.

If you write your own Children's Story Monday Mission, please post a link in the widget below.

December is chock full of nostalgic missions. Start planning yours now. Your missions, should you choose to accept them, are to write posts in the style of...
12/8 - a poem - a favorite of Mary G from back when I was just reading the Missions and not hosting them!
12/15 - a song (rewrite the lyrics to a familiar tune) - one of my favorites
12/22 - a Letter to Santa (this is not a nostalgic mission, but Joy suggested it and I couldn't resist.)
12/29 - no Mission - see you next year!


JCK said...

This was great. And so true of all of so many of us with children!

the dragonfly said...

Very cute. Of course my own son doesn't answer any questions yet (not with sentences anyway!) but I've noticed that with other people's kids I get the same answer about school. It's either "I forgot" or "nothing". :)

I had fun with this mission...again. :) I went in a way different direction this time, but still fun!

Christine said...

this was great!

MARY G said...

Homework, mittens, crafts to bring?
The paper I had to sign?
Forgotten like cold winds in spring.
Your kid is just like mine.

Love it. And thanks for linking me.

The Monday Missions are one of the highlights of my week; love the challenge and the companionship.

carrie said...

If I were any more forgetful, I'd fall off the face of the earth!

You're so clever, you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and imagination. :)

ewe are here said...

I had something clever to say, but Oh...I forget.


Girlplustwo said...

this is adorable, woman.

Rima said...

Oh, that's dead on! At the V-meister's Montessori pre-school, they tell us not to ask our children what they did at school, but rather just ask how their day was and let them volunteer info as they like. I've had better luck asking the V-meister what her favorite thing that day was. She'll usually drop me a crumb or two.

Jen said...

LOVED this! It's wonderful. BTW... wish my son luck - he's off for his first audition tomorrow. He's decided to try his talents in front of the stage rather than behind it. He was encouraged by the director. It's Scapino. We'll see. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I go around with Piggy in the Puddle in my head all day... finally, somewhere to channel those rhymes!

Chantal said...

That was awesome, and I can so relate. That is my oldest son to a T!

My youngest tells me everything, even things I don't need (want) to know.

Mad said...

Hee hee. I should've done this one. I clearly should have. Life has been a zoo lately, though. You know. Freakin' colds and specialist appointments and and and...

No excuse.

Woman in a Window said...

That's fun and so true! When I used to run a daycare I'd say goodnight to the kids and their parents as they left for the day. Parents would always ask, "So what did you do today? Did you have any fun? What did you have for lunch?" The ONLY thing they remembered would be that they had ketchup for lunch. That was it, ketchup!