Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Reason 864 for why I'm so tired

The nine o'clock news has begun it's beginning.
The sun, it has long ago set.
The children are dressed in pajamas and slippers
But they can't go to bed...right just yet.

For they suddenly remember some tasks still undone,
that need to be finished tonight.
For some homework and projects are still incomplete,
it's a serious, sorrowful plight!

Earlier today, they claimed they were finished,
homework to do, there was not.
"Why didn't you do it earlier?" I asked.
And their answer "I simply forgot."

The math, OH THE MATH! It still needs to be done,
and I told them to start it directly.
Fractions and decimals and multiplications,
all deciphered and written correctly.

Only one project more for my young son to do,
One last project was left to be done.
A simple machine, a pulley with string,
and to make it, he thought would be fun.

He gathered the stuff that he knew he would need,
to finish his project quite nicely.
A shoe box he found and some string and a spool,
and a hanger cut rather precisely.

Then my youngest, my sweet little tot came to me,
and tried to climb into my lap.
("Why is he still up this late?" do you ask?
my answer, "A three hour nap!")

(and yes, I did know that I shouldn't have let him sleep that long, but I was just getting so much done, and it was so quiet, and he had been really cranky, and quite frankly, I didn't really think about the fact that he wouldn't be ready to go back to sleep at 9:00)

He's carrying a book that he wants me to read,
about pigs eating berries and cream.
I told him "Please wait, in a minute" I said,
And then from him, I heard a loud scream.

My other son looked distressed, and concerned
for the wire wouldn't stay in it's place.
"How can I make this stay put?" he did ask,
with a frustrated look on his face.

"Use the tape!" I declared, "It's inside of the drawer!"
Said the child "Oh no, it is not,
I already looked, there's no tape to be found,
it must be in some other spot."

I walked to the drawer, and I opened it wide,
with my tantruming tot right behind.
I reached down inside and pulled out the tape,
that my other son just couldn't find.

Then I took my cross tot, and I read him the book,
(and I read it to him really fast)
Then I sang him a song, and tucked him into his bed,
where he yawned and looked tired (AT LAST!)

Then my evening was over, the kids were in bed
each one of them sound asleep as a log.
And instead of me getting the rest that I need,
I wrote a poem about it on my blog.


LisAway said...

You're a genius. Way to stretch your brain when nobody forced you to (that's the only time I ever do). This is awesome.

Valerie said...

Bravo! Such talent after the children are in bed...

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Ending The Homework Hassle by John Rosemond

Read it. It's my favorite book.

But the long afternoon nap thing? No solution. Although I try to let it happen only on the days that I know I will be out in the evening and my husband will have to deal with the wide-awake 3-year-old.

2 days ago I tried to wake Susie from a car nap, and she screamed and cried until she fell asleep on our (hard, cold) kitchen floor. Where she stayed, soundly snoozing, while I prepped dinner, set the table, etc. Luckily, I had yoga that night.

MamaHenClucks said...

What a fantastic poem! By 7pm, my brain is fried - I wouldn't be writing let alone reading stories and helping with homework!

I remember the days of the three hour nap, but my snoozy girl, she'd be ready for bed by 7pm. Ah the days of yore. . .

Kristina P. said...

Ummm, I'm expecting my very own poem for the meet and greet. Even better, let's make it a rap

Wendy said...

You are good, you should write a childrens book!! and that is my family every night, oh suddendly at bed time, they are so hungry, they need a bedtime snack, opps I have to go the bathroom again, oh I forgot to do my reading assignment.......... when does it end, I'll have to check out that book, homework hassle!

*MARY* said...

YAY! I love blog poems, I've posted some too but nobody likes them.

Haha! the word verification word is
goeysky !

Wendy said...

P.S. I am still laughing out loud about your son, he was staring at her and she just fell over!!! Maybe he has laser vision ya'all didn't know about!!!

Rychelle said...

so creative!

you must be wonderwoman!

i won't be at the meet n greet, so please record the rap and play it on your blog.

Lisa said...

da gurlz got rhymez

Amber said...

Love the poem. My Kindergartener took a late nap (unbeknownst to me) yesterday and stayed up until midnight last night. It was okay- she had homework to do anyway. ;)

utmomof5 said...


b. said...

Yes! Oh, YESSSSS!!!

Good N Crazy said...

Hey... are we back to Dr. Suess again? Or is it Junie B this week...ha!

Actually we've moved on to magic tree house...but I'm not reading them, cuz she reads them all to herself now..which is sad really...

Jo said...

You, are the BEST. I can't believe you got it all to rhyme and stuff.

Busty LaRue said...

You are so clever! This poem is great!

Jessica G. said...

I'm right there with ya! Literally...look what time it is when I posted this's just no fun going to bed at a decent time when the Man is gone.

Will you read me a story?

Jillene said...

Great poem!! I have those nights too!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now going to add you to my blog list--which means that you are my newest blog bff! I will be back often--by that I mean 3-4 times a day!! (0;

Wendy said...

OK, I know we are "new" blog friends but I am just stopping by to let you know I am changing blog sites, please come by anytime
or you can just click my picture

Bonnie the Boss said...

Thank-you for missing out on your sleep! The poem was great1

Maraiya said...

Jill you are fabulously clever. I totally understand the slap happy state of someone desperately needing sleep. Sorry you got that far but I thoroughly enjoyed the poem.