Family Chores
Good to Be Four

Family Chores by Tim Seston

Saturday morning Dad read off the chores:
“I’ll wash the dishes and then sweep the floors
Mom will take Taylor upstairs for his nap
Before he drifts off right here in her lap
Cameron, please, the counters need wiping
Get them real clean, without any griping.

Connor, now Connor, what chore can he do?
I know he’s just four but he should work too.
Something he couldn’t do when he was three
I have to think hard, now what can that be?
Just as Dad thought, “He can take out the trash”
Out in the hallway there was a loud crash.

Now four year old boys, I’ve heard, like to play
However they want in their own special way.
So listen up parents and please be advised.
Just go with the flow and don’t be surprised.

Taylor was startled, his eyes opened wide,
Mom rocked back and forth before her son cried
Cameron giggled at what had been done
Dad looked for Connor to question his son
“What happened?” said Dad.  “What was all that noise”
“Nothing,” said Connor, “A few of my toys.”

In the hall there he was lining up cars
“They’re coming to watch their favorite stars.
The Red Sox are playing, playoff game three.
This is no time for chores.  Come, follow me.”
Mom and Dad chuckled then swallowed the bait.
The chores and the nap would just have to wait.

Now four year old boys, I’ve heard, like to play
However they want in their own special way.
So listen up parents and please be advised.
Just go with the flow and don’t be surprised.

“They need all our help.  There’s been a small snag
That blue garbage truck has dropped all its bags
Old toys, dirty diapers and half-eaten ham
All over the road have caused a huge jam
Everyone’s honking, it’s such a bad state
Unless we help out, they all will be late.”

“OK” Connor said, “Let’s clean up the load.
Mom direct traffic while Dad clears the road.
We’ll need the police, Come Taylor, woo-woo
Cameron, let’s go.  We need your help too.”
Dad thought for a moment, “Baseball and cars.
That sounds like a plan, how lucky we are.”

Yes four year old boys, I’ve heard, like to play
However they want in their own special way.
So listen up parents and please be advised.
Just go with the flow and don’t be surprised.