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That Lad

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 04, 2013

That Lad

By George E. Gibby

When I come home all tired out,
No pep left in my knees,
And throw myself upon the couch,
That lad begins to tease.
He takes my pencil from my coat,
My watch fob from my vest:
He smears my order book with jam
And climbs upon my chest.
He wants to ride a bucking horse
So grabs my new silk tie;
And when I see those eyes of his –
I simply have to try.
We tumble o’er the couch and floor
And make an awful noise –
Then mother says, with pleasing eyes:
“I’m glad we’re not all boys.”
I’ve seen rich men with childless wives
Grow surly, old and gray –
Ah, I am glad I have a lady
Who coaxes me to play.

(1922)



2 Comments »

  1. Finally! A relative shows up on Keepa! Well, it’s a distant relative…my husband’s great-grandfather’s brother. Or maybe he’s my husband’s great-grandfather’s half-brother. He shows up with 2 sets of parents on familysearch and his father, John Gibby married sisters: Ellen Olpin and Dorcas Olpin. Anyhow, it’s a great poem for the Gibby men in my life with Father’s Day coming up.

    Comment by mahana — June 6, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  2. Delighted to hear it, mahana!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 6, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

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