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Topic: Camping (07/11/05)
TITLE: A Moms' View
By Gladys Browning
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Camping is a family thing
And so much fun, they say
A time to be together
And a time to get away.
My husband gets so excited
As if it were his biggest wish
To throw a line in the water
And catch the biggest fish.
And after he has caught them
He brings them all to me
"Hon, do you mind cleaning these?"
He has to catch some more, you see.
Now the kids all jump for joy
Their energy is so profound
And when it's time to use their help
They're nowhere to be found.
Sun screen, food supplies,
I think I brought it all
Now, just to relax and enjoy the sun
Darn! The nights began to fall.
Supper is over and the dishes done
From the kids I hear not a peep
I can spend some time with hubby alone
And I find he is fast asleep.
Cooking meals and keeping things straight
Applying band-aids and such
Doing the chores that need to be done
Why,that's not asking much.
The clothes pile up, the food runs out
The sunburns begin to sting
Hubbys'annoyed because the fish don't bite
And the kids cry, "This is boring"
We pack up our gear and we head for home
A tired, motley crew, we are
After a week we spent out there
Home is the greatest by far.
Life goes on, gets back to normal
And I catch up on all my work
The memories are still real to me
As in my mind they lurk
Bugs and snakes, politics and wars
Of these I have no fear
The biggest dread I have, I find
Is we'll go camping again next year.
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