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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

T'was the Night Before 2nd Grade

T’was the night before 2nd grade
And all through the house
Only one creature was stirring
It’s Seger chasing a mouse.

Nash is all nestled
Inside of his bed
With visions of that horrid Touchmath
Dancing in his head.

When out in our cul de sac
There arose such a clatter
We sprang up at 6:15 am
To see what was the matter!

It’s the middle school bus
Arriving SO early
The neighbor mom is mad,
Her 5th grade daughter is so surly.

It’s the first day of school!
Yeah! Lets all arise!
Get out of bed and wipe
The Sleep from our eyes.

Dad start the coffee
Mom find the shower
Nash get dressed
Too early is this hour!

But its here, its second grade
And be ready we will.
As the time only flies by
If only it would stand still.

As Nash gets on the bus
Waves goodbye and signs
“I love you” though the window
We know he will shine.

And so will your kids
If given the chance.
So Happy New School Year to all and
“I Hope You Dance!”


AZ Chapman said...

I love that poem don't tell nash but I start on Monday coming up after him

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

That was fantastic! I hope he's enjoying 2nd grade! Gabi starts school tomorrow.

AZ Chapman said...


I have a question I have something I might submit for Gifts II but I don't want to use my real name do y think that is possible?

Mauzy said...

AZ check your email...

and yes, 2nd grade started out well, if a bus breakdown (totally cool!) and two cards turned (totally expected!) are considered!

Thank god Nash's teacher agreed to continue to teach the rest of the year.