T’was the month of December and all through our homeschool
Not a creature was thinking that learning is cool
Mom piled the books on the shelf over there
In the hopes that somebody, somehow might care
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
Alarm clocks had officially been pronounced dead
And Mama she lingered over coffee and facebook
Hoping for courage to get up and go look
In the kitchen where yesterday cookies they baked
Oh what a fine mess they surely did make!
The baking had lasted late into the night
The counters were coated, a blanket of white!
Sugar and flour spread everywhere
Mom hoped that a housekeeper soon would be there
The children un-nestled soon came down the stairs
Cookies for breakfast seems only fair!
Then away to the laptop, she flew oh so quick
And just took an instant to load up Netflix
For the kitchen won’t wait for schoolwork today
A handy documentary for them she would play!
But soon from the couch, there arose such a clatter
She ran to the room to see what was the matter
“Awww, come on on, Mom, stop this lame science show!
We must find the elf on the shelf don’t ya know?
And advent calendars need their updating
And please can’t we do just a little ice skating?
School’s boring, Mom, when lessons compete
With Santa and reindeer and holiday treats
It’s hard to focus on fractions and spelling
With Christmas lights blinking all through this dwelling!
We promise tomorrow we’ll do twice as much
Of math and grammar and reading and such
If you’ll just let us have one more day
To enjoy the spirit of this holiday!”
And so Mama relented, she just plain gave up
And dumped a third helping of caffeine in her cup
She sent them away to house parts unknown
Said, It’s okay to skip school if you leave me alone!”
She reclaimed the laptop, forgot about mopping
In peace she would finish all of her online shopping!
She logged into Amazon, Educents, Timberdoodle
Browsed the selections while she ate snickerdoodles
The children were happy, they thought they had won
But Mama was enjoying a new kind of fun.
Clicking “add to cart” it felt like a game.
As she did so she called them, each item by name!
“Now Sonlight! now, Saxon! now, Life of Fred!
On, Spelling! on, Cursive! on, Math and Phys Ed!
From the virtual cart to my front doorstep, I call
Now come my way! Come my way! Come my way all!”
So up from the warehouse stock shelves they flew,
Onto a truck full of packages for me and for you
And then, just two days later, she heard it so clear
The roar of an engine, the squeal of brakes drawing near
The big truck in her drive, it rolled to a stop
And out of the door, the driver did hop
He was dressed all in brown, from his head to his feet
And his handtruck was stacked with those boxes so neat
He rolled it so swiftly to the front of her door
Then emptied the handtruck and went back for more!
Mama was enchanted by this UPS man
Gallantly delivering next year’s school plan
She signed for her loot, watched him drive out of sight
Then hid all the packages, to open that night
When the kids were tucked in, she unpacked it all
She had to admit, it was quite a haul!
And as she marveled over all she had bought
She was suddenly struck with a new line of thought
“Bring it on, Christmas, with all your festivities
We’ll celebrate now, embrace your activities!
For Christmas comes but once a year
And memories made should be held dear
It’s okay to relax, there’s no better reason
Than the love that’s shared throughout this season
Those stacks of books, surely they can wait until
January brings those long, cold days to fill!
But for now let’s focus on hope, peace, love and light
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!