‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the house
all the creatures were stirring even the cat’s toy mouse.
The stockings were hung from the mantel with care
in hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there.
Our daughter in the other room watching t.v.
with no thoughts of coming out to help little ol’ me.
I in my still in my cozy pj’s
and our cat fading into his afternoon daze.
When out of the guest room there arose such a clatter
I yelled from the living room, “what was the matter?”
The box of ornaments had come down with a crash
and some of them were broken into shards of glass.
Having all the holiday boxes taken out of the closet,
was enough for my disappointment to be offset.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
My husband and our daughter helping mother dear.
With my daughter’s teen attitude, so unenthusiastic
I knew in a moment, I must act quick.
More rapid than eagles, the orders they came
and I whistled and shouted and called them by name
Now, daughter, now husband, I’m ready to eat.
Take out the gravy and dressing and turkey meat.
Please fix my plate my servings not too small.
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!
As bad ‘tudes before the wild tempers that fly
when they meet with an obstacle and want to cry.
my daughter finally got to work because she knew
there is no choice when Dad says so, too.
And then in a twinkling, I heard the microwave ding
the clinking and clanking of the silverware sing
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
In came my daughter with my dinner, and sat it down.
And when they finished eating, they went to get the tree
and brought it in from the garage for me.
A big cardboard box he had flung on his back
and they worked together, the tree to unpack.
Matt’s glasses how they twinkled they were so glarry!
Hannah’s cheeks were like roses, a nose like a cherry.
But her cute little mouth was drawn in a frown
Before I knew it, she was nowhere to be found.
The end of a toothpick he held tight in his teeth
as he connected all of the cords for our pre-lit tree.
He had a concerned face and a little frustration
as he held back curse words and damnation.
He was happy and proud, after he finished all by himself
I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know that I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went to go rest
And laid down on the couch, finding a position that was best.
And laying his head aside of the pillow
He fell fast asleep, and the snores soon followed.
So, I sprang from chair to go get my camera
set up the tripod and turn on the automatic timer.
And without him even knowing, I got a snapshot
That was our day, typical or not.
See you in class,