10 more days!

Jules —  April 27, 2005

My kids are getting tired, the end is in sight and summer is almost here!!! They have been excited about school all year, bouncing excitedly around the house each morning. As of late, they are starting to begrudgingly get ready for school each day. Sometimes they are just too tired to go or they say they don’t feel good. Each day I get an update on the count down. As of today, there are 10 days left!!!

by Shel Silverstein

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more–that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut–my eyes are blue–
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke–
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is–what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”



27 responses to 10 more days!

  1. That poem reminds me of how I felt the last year before I retired.

  2. It’s weird how I can remember what it felt like as a young child when the end of the school year was SLOWLY approaching. Recesses got longer and the teachers more lenient. This so makes me want to go back to grade school (great, great memories)!!

  3. PURPLE BUMPS – should have used that one this morning!! Cute poem!

  4. When you have children you get to relive all those childhood feelings all over again with them. School memories rush back and the holidays are magical all over again. You’re going to love it Abby!!

  5. Ring worm, did’nt say a thing about that. Four of us girls got it from a stray cat Daddy brought home to us. We were out of school for weeks and nearly failed school. Mama had to wash all bedding every day, (she did’nt have a machine like Julie) God was she glad when we went back to school. Its very contagious. I do remember using some of those excuses. Cute poem. By the way, pray for Ian. Kandi is taking him to hospital, school called and said he was having chest pains.
    She knew this, and had been conversing with doctors. They think it might be his medication. she is taking him today, not waiting.

  6. Hah! Shel is the best. He makes me smile. The Giving Tree is my favorite.

  7. I also like Shel. At least it hasn’t been too hot the last few weeks. I used to hate those last few weeks of school when it got warm and the school rooms started to feel stuffy and hot. It made the agony even worse! I wish I could have summers off! Actually I’d rather split that time between spring and fall, but the sentiment is the same!

  8. The schools are air conditioned now!

    I must say that Elaina broke in our new bed last night. Sometime in the middle of the night she came and got in bed with us. This morning she said she felt wet. Sure enough, she made a big pee spot on our new bed!

  9. But, are you ready for school to be out. I only had the one child so I never experienced it, but MaMa had 6, I can imagine you like her would like school all year round. Mother did ultilize us by picking peas and beans and corn and each year I had to kill the 200 chickens she raised while her and Punkie cut them up and put them in the freezer.
    But you don’t have a garden.

  10. Oh my, I can’t imagine killing 200 chickens.Ughhh! No wonder the sisters are so tough!!!

  11. The first full time job I got was a real eye-opener–NO SUMMERS OFF!

    Oooooh–I’m glad I don’t have 200 chickens to look forward to butchering this summer. Just garden work–we homeschool and this is a big part of our science. At this time of year, we do more science and lots less seat work. It’s hard to make 2 boys sit and do handwriting when we ALL just want to be outside. I’m curious to hear \someday what their memories of school will be. Hopefully they won’t have the memory of being stuck in school in the spring time.

  12. On the opposite season–in the fall, I get the uncontrollable urge to buy a big box of crayons. The big ones with the sharpener in the back. I throw away all the broken little bits or melt them into big crayons and then we start all new. I must admit, I have trouble sharing the new box with the boys at first. I know those nice sharp points won’t last long once they start using them! Maybe next year, I’ll buy 2 boxes–one for them and one for ME!

  13. This has nothing to do with anything on this site, but I wanted to share something I just got an email about. A couple from our church is going to be on the 700 Club tomorrow. They will be sharing about their son who was born with leukemia and sent home to die. He was healed completely with no medical treatment–God’s answer to prayer. Ethan is now a very healthy, active little boy of about 2 years old. Check your TV guides–I don’t have any times/stations–other than it comes on 9 am on FoxFamily on our cable. Hope you don’t mind me spreading this news on your blog, Julie. It was just so awesome to be part of our church family during that time–and to witness a miracle healing up close.

  14. Very cool!! I love stories like that. It encourages my faith so much. What an awesome thing to witness!!! Thanks for sharing.

    I want to say, too, that I admire you for home schooling. That’s such a tremendous job! Don’t know what I’m going to do as the girls get older. I am very pleased with the primary(k-2nd). Will have to pray and re-evaluate after that.

  15. Thanks, Debbie, for sharing that. It really encouraged my heart today. It’s so great to hear of the power of God in our modern day life! I know God uses Dr’s to heal us everyday, but it is so nice to hear the BIG ones where Dr’s had NOTHING to do with it!

    A lady at my mom’s church was sent home to die at Christmas time. She just kept living and went back to the Dr and there was a complete healing!

    God is still on the move!

  16. Peeing in the bed, eh? Sounds like you REALLY need to get that door up!

  17. Well, she didn’t run into the room with an evil look on her face and attack the bed. :p

  18. Hey–another reason to have a King size bed! If you’d had your full size bed, that warm spot would have woke you up in the middle of the night. With a King size, you got a full night’s sleep–pee and all!

  19. Well I stopped that conversation short with that last comment, didn’t I? I guess everyone is out buying king size beds!

  20. You are giving me the giggles!!!

  21. She’s got the giggles and forgot the countdown days. Brother, start something and then don’t finish.

  22. Hehe!! I’ll update the days!!!! It’s Debbie’s fault. She distracted me!!! lol

  23. Still giggling… Guess it’s going to be one of those days!

  24. Wow–I didn’t realize that post would be worth 16+ minutes of giggles! You must be exhausted and slap happy, Julie. Don’t go to the bathroom–I’ve heard “somewhere” lately that tired moms fall asleep there a lot.(grin-I couldn’t resist. I giggled a lot when I read the post about that!) I must say, I’ve never fallen asleep there….yet.

  25. Julie has went brain dead the last few days. Oh well the best of us always get the weekend off.

  26. Well, it’s a few hours later and I understand we had a toothpaste or shaving cream Saturday, so we must still be cleaning.
    By the way, thanks so much for my present from Nita, Julie and Kandi. I was actually looking to buy one and I really love this one. Kiss kiss to all. ( a painting easel) Aunt Tootsie

  27. Yeah, we had a great time Saturday. My town had a city wide garage sale. Mom and Kandi and I had a ball! After a couple hours garage hopping we had to make a trip home to unload. It was hilarious! It felt good to laugh so hard! Kandi was buried in the passenger seat!! We went back out for another load! James slowed us down wanting some QT coffee. Just think of the things we may have missed! I am thankful he spent his Saturday morning alone with the kids so I could get away. It’s always a little scary to return home though! I stayed up till midnight Friday night getting the house in great condition. When we came back home Saturday after lunch there was something all over the front door when we pulled up. Come to find out it was colored sidewalk chalk. They soaked it in the bathroom sink to make it soft. They did cute drawings on the deck but there was also sidewalk chalk on the front door, sliding glass door, bathroom mirror, all over the bathroom sink and all over my oven and my living room wall. Mom says it’s payback time. She would work weekends and we stayed home with dad and trashed the house.

    I’m glad you like the easel! It was a really fun find! Enjoy it. Look forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations!