Students in the primary grades were given poems to memorize and perform for the competition. Maya's poem was "Dirty Socks" by Bruce Lanksy. She spent so much time practicing the poem that Ben learned it just from hearing his big sister rehearse.
Dirty Socks by Bruce Lansky
My socks were very dirty
So I washed them in the lake.
It wasn't long before I knew
I'd made a big mistake.
The water changed from clear to mud,
Then fumes began to rise.
And soon a cloud of air pollution
Covered up the skies.
When bullfrogs started croaking
And ducks began to quack,
Some campers started chanting
"We want our clean lake back!"
I've got a pile of dirty socks,
I'm in an awful bind.
I guess I'll have to bury them.
I hope the worms won't mind!
Here is Maya performing the poem and showing off her medal:
Here is Ben performing the poem he learned by ear:
I asked Ben and Maya this morning if they knew how I got so lucky to have TWO kids as awesome and smart as they are. Maya said it was because I have such a wonderful husband. Yup, it's definitely due to the guy who spins stories about child-eating dragons. Whatever the reason is, the fact remains those two munchkins are awesome and they're mine.