Thursday, December 15, 2011

Five coughing monkeys sitting in a tree

image via steveleenow

Five coughing monkeys sitting in a tree
One says "I have meetings tonight, you’ll parent without me!"
So along came a fancy dinner reception, scheduled as can be, and snatched the sick daddy away from the tree.

Four coughing monkeys sitting in a tree
One says mama, my throat hurts, pay attention to me!
So along comes the weary mama, patient as can be, and tucks in her sad monkey: 
"Shh. In your dreams you’ll be pain-free."

Three coughing monkeys sitting in a tree
*cough cough* I’m not sick *cough cough* my friend is turning three!
There’s a pizza party for her tomorrow *cough cough* don’t make me miss it, pleeeeease?
So along comes the hacking mama, too rundown to disagree:
“Go to sleep, we’ll decide in the morning. I can’t promise you a thing.”

Two coughing monkeys sitting in a tree
No mama! Mama go! Daddy? *cough* DaddYYYYY?
So along comes the bleary mama, dragging as can be:
“Daddy’s not home. You only get me. Sleep-- you sound dismally croupy.”

One coughing monkey mama sitting in a tree
Wishing for sleep, dreading to wake, knowing there’ll soon be a need
For a new drink or a hug or some pats on a back or three
Resigned, she reaches for a mug and brews herself some fresh tea.

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