‘Twas the night before school, and all through the town
Every school supply was labeled, down to the last crayon.
Lunchboxes were readied, first-day clothing picked out
“Time for bed children!” Mom said with a shout.
“It’s too early to sleep,” they replied with nary a yawn
They who were accustomed to staying up until dawn.
Summer is over, no more playing by the light of the moon
The buzz of the alarm clock will arrive much too soon.
Reluctantly the children began bedtime routines
Several times asking, “Five minutes more, please?”
After a bit more stalling, the kids at last crawled into bed
Though their minds still buzzed with thoughts of the school year ahead.
For a while giggles and noises could be heard through bedroom doors
A long time later replaced by quiet snores.
In the blink of an eye it was suddenly daybreak
And despite little sleep the kids were surprisingly easy to wake.
The cause? School-day jitters, truth be told
For all of the children, both the young and the old.
While they faced the day with some anticipation
The stronger feelings were of fear and trepidation.
At breakfast mom said, “Eat your toast with some jelly,
It may help with those butterflies trapped in your belly.
Just think of the fun times and learning ahead,
Great teachers and classmates, you have nothing to dread.”
Eventually the nervousness turned into glee
When the kids realized how exciting the new school year could be.
They finished their meal and grabbed their backpacks from the floor
And eagerly headed toward the front door.
Mom cried, “Hold on a minute my dear little chicks
I need to take the requisite first-day-of-school pics!”
The children all posed with big smiles on their faces
Even the self-conscious ones wearing new braces.
With the morning necessities out of the way
The family set off to begin the new day.
While the kids headed out with a new sense of hope and belief,
Mom gave a tremendous sigh of relief.
Later that day the kids arrived back to their lair
With a backpack of books and a glazed-over stare.
Their folders stuffed with classroom tasks and assignments
And a school calendar brimming with school year events.
A bit overwhelmed, mom suddenly had too much to process
And needed to act to avoid a big mess.
Unfortunately, that would have to wait for a later date
Or to soccer practice and dance class they would arrive way too late.
As they were frantically heading out of the door
Mom was made aware of a trip they had to take to the store
For though they had already shopped for the school supply list
There were a few more items that were inevitably missed.
The rest of the evening went by in a blur
And the family finally crawled into bed way too tired to stir.
Their final waking thoughts you can surely bet
Consisted of one big question: Is it summer vacation yet?