Poor Mother!

Here’s the next installment of manners and etiquette (courtesy of the Goops).

Poor Mother
Oh!  Isn’t it shocking!
Just look at your stocking!
Just look at your brand new boots!
Your waist is all torn
And your trousers are worn —
Just look at the holes in your suits!

Your father is working
All day, without shirking,
To pay for your clothes that you wear;
Your mother is mending
All day, and attending
To you, with the kindest of care.

And so, while you’re playing,
Think of father, who’s paying,
And mother, who’s working so hard;
While you kneel on your knees,
Or climb up the trees,
Or make your mud pies in the yard!

Source: More Goops and How Not to Be Them: a Manual of Manners for Impolite Infants Depicting the Characteristics of Many Naughty and Thoughtless Children by Gelett Burgess.


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