I wrote this story for my daughter in 1996. It is a silly farm parody of the Children’s book, “On the Day You Were Born”, by Debra Frasier.
My baby girl will turn 30 in a few weeks. She is no longer the little girl, who asked her mother to write her stories with pictures, but a married woman with a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry conducting post-doc bio-chemistry research on fertility with a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant.
They grow up fast! Your time is the greatest gift you will ever give your child or any child.
Time really does fly by…and according to this story so do fish.
On the day I was born, frost killed all the corn.
The cows in the barn, mooed in alarm.
The cats in the hay, forgot how to play.
The pigs in the shed, turned green and red.
The cat saw this sight, and ran away in its fright.
Right past the dog, who had never seen a Christmas hog.
“Something new is in the air!”, said the wise old purple hare.
The pink chickens thought so too.
For, the horse was now aqua blue.
The strong old bull was now very yellow.
Still, he was quite a handsome fellow.
Outside, the ducks in the pond were as orange as the lawn,
and hopped on their heads which every duck dreads.
Gladys the goose kept her goslings strictly in line.
Counting only six, but bragging there were nine.
Now, grandpa looked up in obvious delight.
Granny had hitched up her skirt and was riding a bike.
He shook his head, then shouted in fright. As, her front wheel hit a rock and she took off like a kite.
She soared through the air with the greatest of ease. And, landed in his lap as pretty as you please.
The cousins ran wild chasing the hogs.
Uncle sat on the porch and howled at the dogs.
Auntie came over with fish in her purse, leading a sheep she had dressed like a nurse.
The farmer smiled this whole crazy day through.
The hare had been right there was something new.
For all of the things that had turned out wrong.
The farmer kept whistling his so happy song.
Even, when the bananado gave the whole barnyard a twirl. The day had been wonderful.
He had a new baby girl!
Emergency Barnyard Plan:
1. Good music.
2. Cheerful faces.
3. Lots of fiber in diet.
4. He who runs first, gets a head start.
5. No jumping in circles.
6. Plant all trees root side down.
7. Panic never helps.
signed….B.G.G. (Billy Goat Grant)