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In the Library …

Over the past several weeks (and it took several—you know, kids and all take time), the Wife-beast and I took apart our front rooms, had chair rail put up, and three columns trimmed. And then we painted—again, it took time.

So much time was taken between laying down primer and the final finished coat of paint that much of the masking tape got bonded to the wall and had to painstakingly be removed with razor blades. Judicious use of caulk was needed to cover-up some crap that we initially thought needed to be totally redone.

In the end the rooms look great. This morning we finally put everything back together—including book cases against the wall and books in said cases. I grabbed one of the books, a ratty old (printed 1925) hardcover version of A. A. Milne’s classic “When We Were Very Young” (hear the introduction—from the North Carolina digital library), sat in my big brown leather chair, feet up, and read.

Below is one of my favorite poems from this small tome:

DISOBEDIENCE

James James
Morrison Morrison
Weatherby George Dupree
Took great
Care of his Mother,
Though he was only three.
James James Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he;
“You must never go down to the end of the town, if you don’t go down with me.”

James James
Morrison’s Mother
Put on a golden gown.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Drove to the end of the town.
James James Morrison’s Mother
Said to herself, said she:
“I can get right down to the end of the town and be back in time for tea.”

King John
Put up a notice,
“LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON’S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
LAST SEEN
WANDERING VAGUELY:
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN -FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!”

James James
Morrison Morrison
(Commonly known as Jim)
Told his
Other relations
Not to go blaming him.
James James
Said to his Mother,
“Mother,” he said, said he:
“You must never go down to the end of the town without consulting me.”

James James
Morrison’s mother
Hasn’t been heard of since.
King John said he was sorry,
So did the Queen and Prince.
King John
(Somebody told me)
Said to a man he knew:
If people go down to the end of the town, well, what can anyone do?”

(Now then, very softly)
J.J.
M.M.
W.G.Du P.
Took great
C/0 his M*****
Though he was only 3.
J.J. said to his M*****
“M*****,” he said, said he:
“You-must-never-go-down-to-the-end-of-the-town-if-you-
don’t-go-down-with-ME!”

I’m a simple man with simple pleasures. Thanks for reading this far.

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