Childhood Memories

​Some childhood memories may be better left unsaid…

Or speak out, and rid yourself of all the fear and dread…*

Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay, 

An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away, 

An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep, 

An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;

An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done, 

We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun 

A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about, 

An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you 

Ef you Don’t Watch Out!

(lines from “Little Orphant Annie” 1885 by James Whitcomb Riley)

Some are luckier than others

Given their fathers and mothers,

But never doubt the love they had 

Through all your times of good and bad.

Write your story!*

**May Lyn 2016