Sunday, June 15, 2014

Poem for Sunday and Saturday in the Park

By Edgar Guest

My father knows the proper way
   The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
   Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
   He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
   We have to hire a man.

My father, in a day or two
   Could land big thieves in jail;
There's nothing that he cannot do,
   He knows no word like "fail."
"Our confidence" he would restore,
   Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
   We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
   He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
   But grabs it while it's hot.
In matters of finance he can
   Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
   His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
   The things law-makers say;
Why, father's just the man they need,
   He never goes astray.
All wars he'd very quickly end,
   As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
   'Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
   Do many wondrous things;
He's built upon a wiser plan
   Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
   And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
   But look to ma for action.


I spent a gloriously cool, sunny Saturday with Cheryl! We had lunch with my family, went to Carderock to see the Potomac River (very high after all the rain this week) and C&O Canal (also high, just a couple of turtles), and stopped at the co-op so Adam could pick up something to bring to an evening party. Then we came home for a bit, ate Cheryl's mother's whoopie pies which were delicious, and went to Silver Spring to meet some friends at a convention -- we had Thai food with three people and briefly saw several others. When the con-goers all went off to a panel, we went to Baskin Robbins for dessert. Now I am rushing to bed because I am going out with extended family on Sunday. A few pics; Happy Father's Day if you are a dad, have a dad, or love someone like a dad!

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