My son (who’s 10) wrote this in school on Wednesday, and I thought I would share it with you all. Hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely day yesterday, filled with turkey, and pie, and family.

I’m Thankful For Life

I’m thankful for the rivers,

And all the snakes that slither

Through the trees that I’m thankful for also.

I’m thankful for the bugs,

The wasps, and the slugs,

And I don’t care if they’re gross or slimy.

I’ll make friends with a frog,

Or a serpent in the bog,

And it doesn’t matter if it’s grimy.

I’m thankful for the monkeys

And the lions that are funky

That live in the shiny Savannah,

And when the gibbons swing inters

The look at the chimpanzees,

Eating their yellow bananas.

I’m thankful for the skunks,

And the grey and black punks,

Who are usually known as raccoons.

And the mice who eat rice, and the rats who have lice,

And the capybaras who eat lemon-flavored macaroons.

I’m thankful for fish,

That flip and swish,

In the water and squirt and swim,

And the squids and sharks,

And the seals that bark,

And the swordfish that’s surprisingly thin.

I’m thankful for chickens and ducks,

And pigs, who flop in the much,

And the cows, who always say moo.

I like the horses and mules,

Who make all the rules,

I appreciate the brown turkeys, too.

I’m thankful for mountains,

And volcanoes that spew,

And I even like cells,

And viruses, too.

Parasites are coo,

And crabs ain’t no fool,

And I love all the salmon

In their little school.

I adore kittycats,

And tortoises that are fat,

And I’m thankful for anything that’s living.

Especially my family, and I hope

That everything

In this planet has

A marvelous Thanksgiving.

Me, too.


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Jane Austen
12 years ago

I was obsessed with capybaras at his age too. Although I never thought of lemon macaroons.

Maggie Robinson
12 years ago

Priceless. And all boy.You must be proud!

Jane George
12 years ago

Awwww. And volcanoes that spew! I love that line.

And it makes me think of my step brother-in-law who is in Europe with the Walking With the Dinosaurs show. He drives the volcano around the stage.

Happy Leftovers everybody!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

What a clever boy! I guarantee my daughter at that age would never have written THAT poem

I’m thankful for the bugs, The wasps, and the slugs, And I don’t care if they’re gross or slimy.

He makes a very important point.

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

I LOVE this poem! How typically boy, but completely untypically brilliant! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree does it.

Jane George. he drives the volcano around the stage. What a COOL job!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
12 years ago

Megan, you’re son is wicked talented. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Janet Mullany
12 years ago

Great poem! He’s inherited the genes.

Keira Soleore
12 years ago

Oh, Megan, he’s so precious! Love it!!!!

Megan Frampton
12 years ago

Thanks for all the kind words, guys. I’d pass them along to my son, but he already thinks he’s all that.

What was cool is that his teacher didn’t give any direction, except for “write a Thanksgiving poem.” All the rest is him.

12 years ago

What a great poem! Your son’s got talent.

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