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Little Miss Bossy Pants

 
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Do this! Do that!
You should! You shant!
Make it. Take it. No don’t! You can’t.
Have you met Little Miss Bossy Pants?

She tries, she cares, she wants perfect
every time, everywhere.
And, this drives her and everyone else
to pull out their hair.

Once Baxter The Dog offered to help
Little Miss Bossy Pants throw
a dinner and dance
for her three favorite aunts.

This should be fun Baxter thought.
We’ll pick up the food to make
and a few decorations to hang.
“Then the fun will begin!” He sang.

Little Miss Bossy Pants
had other ideas…
“Baxter pick out the flowers.”
“Baxter clean up the yard.”
“Baxter blow up balloons.”
“No Baxter, like this, that’s too much.”
“Baxter, don’t use a rake!”
“Baxter, are these flowers fake?”
“Baxter! Baxter! Baxter!”

Baxter put down the flowers.
And dropped the half blown balloon.
He sighed, put a paw on her arm,
then walked away and said, “I’ll be back soon.”

She huffed and puffed
and made an awful sound.
“Where are you going!?
I NEED YOU TO DO THIS RIGHT NOW!”

Baxter returned in an hour with a grin.
Little Miss Bossy Pants
was rushing and running.
Baxter thought he saw her head spin.

Baxter made her stop
for a moment and said,
“Let’s take a break.
Look what I’ve brought.”

Little Miss Bossy Pants
loved chocolate cake.
Baxter brought her a slice
from her favorite place.

She breathed, “That’s very sweet.
Ok, Baxter, let’s eat.”
They sat eating cake
and laughed around the plate.

When every crumb was gone
Baxter stood, “Wasn’t that fun?”
Little Miss Bossy Pants nodded,
“Yes, but there’s still so much to be done.”

Baxter replied, “Sure, but this is the point,
there’s no need to toil to make it perfect.
Make sure you enjoy what you’re making.
Don’t just get through it.

I’ll help you. If you can promise me
you’ll try to have fun.
Please don’t boss me around.
Let’s do it together and it’ll get done.”

With that, they got to work,
but this time she wasn’t bossy.
She let Baxter help and plan too.
The party turned out even better - who knew!?

The Aunts danced till
their shoes had to be trashed.
They ate all the snacks.
And, they had all the laughs.

Yes, always try the best you can.
but try to let others be part of your plan.
Then you won’t have to worry - they’ll be no chance,
that you’ll turn into a Little Miss Bossy Pants.

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Text and Illustration copyright © 2018 Jennifer Hart. 

 

Talking With Balloons

Have you ever asked a balloon where it would fly if you let go of the string and said goodbye? 

It might fly into the air as high as it could go to find a place where chips live in castles made of cheese. Where everyone spends their days swinging from milk chocolate trees. 

Is it possible it dreams of a world in black and white? Because there its colors would show so bright. 

How about a planet where it could talk to kites – kites and balloons have a lot in common, given that they both know what it’s like to have fallen. 

The balloon may ask not to fly. Instead, could it dive? Dive into the deep blue to tell a fish “How do you do.”

Perhaps the balloon doesn’t want to go anywhere at all. What if it loves the company it’s got? So, it will stay in this very spot.

I wish I could ask. I wish I could know. 
Just where this balloon would choose to go. 

Does anyone speak balloon? I do not. 
Oh well, looks like it popped. 

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Text and Illustration copyright © 2017 Jennifer Hart.