Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Noisy Middle

Baby had a boo boo,
Father played ball with Eldest,
Baby needed a band-aid,
So Middle had to wait.

First he banged the window,
Then he whined some more,
Then he dropped his brother's toy cars
On the kitchen floor.

"Quiet!" said his father.
"Hush!" said his mom.
"Middle!" said his brother,
"Where'd you hide my gum?"

Baby had gotten filthy,
Mother played cards with Eldest.
Baby needed drying off,
So Middle had to wait.

First he knocked some couch pillows,
Then he felled some chairs,
Then he took his brother's blankie
And threw it down the stairs.

"Quiet!" said his father.
"Hush!" said his mom.
"Middle!" said his brother,
"Why do you suck your thumb?"

Baby was getting sleepy,
Father watched Sox with Eldest.
Baby needed alphabet singing to,
So Middle had to wait.

"I'm leaving!" shouted Middle,
"And I'm never coming back!"

And they didn't hear a sound,
But a "mwah ha ha" from Baby.

Father stopped his ESPN
Mother stopped her cleaning

Father stopped his cleaning
Mother stopped her blogging
"Mercy!" said his brother,
"Something's very wrong."

No Middle in the playroom.
No Middle in the tub.
No Middle in the sunroom
Or hiding in a shrub.

"He's left us!" moaned his mother
As they sifted through the trash.

"But I'm back again!" said Middle


(With profuse apologies to Rosemary Wells for butchering her children's classic, Noisy Nora. I think it's such a spectacular ode to a middle child.)

Today, June 11, 2008, is Middle's 4th birthday.

I can't imagine our Trenches without this character, for he's my Clown, my Songbird, my Crabapple, my Puzzle Man, my Couch Potato, my Patience Tester, my Soccer Boy, my Thumb Sucker/Blanket Lover, my Whiner.
Yet at all times, my Joy.

Happy 4th birthday, buddy boy.


Lori said...

Love it! Happy Birthday, Middle! I can so see my middle in the antics of yours. Especially the whining. Oh, the whining. Enjoy this special day!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, kiddo! Four is lots of fun - my guy will be four next month, and he tells me that means he will be Big.

Amy said...

Sarah this is so cute!! Happy Birthday Middle!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Middle!

Life As I Know It said...

Happy Birthday to your little man!

AFRo said...

Happy Birthday Middle Man. You're the coolest... in my boys books.

Whirlwind said...

Happy Birthday Middle!

That poem is so true! My middle girl turns 5 in 16 days.

Mayberry said...

Oh, this is just perfect. I LOVE that book and I love your version too. Happy birthay to Middle!

Anonymous said...

I also want to wish your middle a happy bday. I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your writing. I like in your previous entry where you talk about running to the beat of your music. I can run forever as long as I have my music. No music, no running.

Anonymous said...

I love what you wrote here Sarah! :) I'm smiling from ear to ear.

Wishing your Middle a Happy happy birthday! More clowning to come! :D

iheartchocolate said...

Happy B Day middle!

I never thought I would be able to connect to a boy, until I had my son. Now I can honestly say you are truly blessed to have 3 wonderful boys!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your son! My oldest turned 12 yesterday too! Am enjoying your blog.


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