June 3, 2009

First Day At School

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As school winds down, here's a precious
look at our children's first day of school.



--Description: 21st C, McGough R., Children, Parenting--


A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don't let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.

And the railings.
All around, the railings.
Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?
Things that carry off and eat children?
Things you don't take sweets from?
Perhaps they're to stop us getting out
Running away from the lessins. Lessin.
What does a lessin look like?
Sounds small and slimy.
They keep them in the glassrooms.
Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.

I wish I could remember my name
Mummy said it would come in useful.
Like wellies. When there's puddles.
Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.
I think my name is sewn on somewhere
Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.

Roger McGough


--Did You Know: McGough is a well-known English performance poet. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please and records voice-overs for commercials, as well as performing his own poetry regularly.

--Word of the Day: toady \TOH-dee\, noun, verb:
Meaning: 1. (noun) a fawning flatterer; humble dependent
2. (verb) to attempt to gain favor by fawning or being servile
Example: 1. The freshman was the senior's toady even though many made fun of her.
2. They came backstage and toadied to the actor.

--Quote of the Day: "America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live."
(Jane Addams)

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