August 21, 2012
HOW I AM SPENDING MY SUMMER VACATION
Rereading Dorothy Parker
Is inspiring some verse
Don’t despair, stay with me here
Things could be much worse.
An assignment I gave my classes:
HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION
Not that you asked, but now bits of mine
The only ick: J’s* operation.
His knee showed no improvement
With his pt and his stretches
Silently he endured the pain
Bostonians aren’t kvetches.
Bs** we saw his family in Maine
The Berkshires next with mine
Lobsters, the ocean, and Norm Rockwell
The moments and company–fine.
Home to the out-patient hospital
To fix J’s meniscus, so torn
He’s now on the mend, doing well
And eating zucchini and corn.
My summer students have wowed me
Such talent, so funny and wise
They “get” the deal, as is true with life,
Work hard. Hang in. Revise.
Grit and moxie top the ‘Must-Haves’
With greens and exercise–all should-ies***
Dr. Oz gets bronze for his big push
The gold will always be Woody’s.
Yep. Laughing, adapting, and loving
That’s it. I’m all done preaching
It’s hot. It’s August. I’m packing swimsuits
Time for a little beaching.
* J — short for Jonathan, my husband
** Bs– Before surgery
*** shouldy–something almost as important as laughing.
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