It’s time that we pick…7 takes that are quick

Dr. Seuss was born 114 years ago today! In honor of his birthday, let’s do this in rhyme….

Today the schools closed due to wind,
And another day off we have pinned.
Kids are happy as clams,
And as docile as lambs
Since with way too much screen time we’ve sinned.


Last weekend was rainy and gray,
And I—a weak mother—did say,
“Fine, we’ll do Chuck E. Cheese,”
So we went and with ease
We whittled our savings away.


It’s First Communion prepping time, so I went off to church,
And right before the meeting’s start remembered with a lurch,
“We need to bring baptism proof!” Now just where could that be?
And I, of course, had not a clue. Disorganized? That’s me.
But within minutes—maybe less—my husband found the file.
And with no trace of smugness, gave it to me with a smile.
Our marriage is a match ’twas made in Heaven, it is true.
And opposites? Oh, they attract. And we are stuck like glue.

There once was a “twin day” at school,
Where to wear matching clothes was the rule.
But if shirts weren’t exact,
Then you failed hard, in fact,
And your twin act just wasn’t that cool.


Suppose that you wanted a boat,
Well, kids far and near please take note,
With cardboard and tape
You can sail to the Cape.
Now let’s see if that cool boat can float.



An essay for homework was due,
To compare and contrast was the view.
So our dear sitter tried
To explain side by side
What she and our son don’t like and do.




“Lent feels longer than Advent”—my son.
Which it is, and this Lent’s far from done.
So “fast” doesn’t mean speed,
And what I probably need
Is to Confession to run, run, run, run.

Read more quick takes at Kelly’s blog, This Ain’t the Lyceum, and have a wonderful weekend!

Rita Buettner

Rita Buettner

Rita Buettner is a wife, working mother and author of the Catholic Review's Open Window blog. She and her husband adopted their two sons from China, and Rita often writes about topics concerning adoption, family and faith.

Rita also writes The Domestic Church, a featured column in the Catholic Review. Her writing has been honored by the Catholic Press Association, the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and the Associated Church Press.