Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Year's Poem

In yesterday's mail we were pleasantly surprised to find a padded envelope from Howard and Ramon, neighbors at Jenny Lake. In the envelope were several photos of this year's Polar Bear swim at Jenny Lake and this delightful poem, written by Howard and Ramon!

A Visit from the Robinsons
T'was the week before New Years, when all the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
(because Olivia had gotten them all!)

The Ortega's and I, in my sweater and cap, 
had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When outside our camp, there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our beds to see what was the matter.

And low and behold it was Marji, Jim and sons,
Sledding and skating and having great fun.

We invited them in to share dinner we'd made,
But all they would have was wine and Gatorade.

Then what to our wondering ears she told a wild story,
How each New Years in the lake go Jim, Tucker and Corey.

No way we all said,
It's a fable in your mad little head.

It's the truth they insisted.
Come watch and see, they persisted.

So Ramon and I, with camera in hand, and still very skeptical
Followed the crowd to watch a great spectacle.

They spoke not a word, but went straight to work,
And took off their clothes, and turned with a jerk.

Then holding their fingers over their nose,
Into the water they jumped and nearly froze.

But out they came. oh what a sight.
And we became believers that very night.

Enclosed are some pictures that tell the true story,
Of Marji, Jim, Tucker and Corey.

All too soon they left, quick as a whistle,
And away they all drove like the down of a thistle.

But we heard them exclaim, 'ere they drove out of sight,
"Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night."

So there it is, a great tribute to the swim of 2007 and the craziness of Jim, Tucker,Corey and Bob K. Thanks again, Howard and Ramon. The poem has become a keepsake!

Jim left for France this afternoon and will be gone until Thursday night. That means I get to turn up the heat in the house! He called from New York to report that the first of 3 legs of his journey was on-time and uneventful.

This morning we went to a local appliance store and picked up to stove boxes for me to use at school. Next week I will be setting up the wildly popular "Scooterville" in the gym and one of these boxes will become the Scooterville Car Wash and the other one will become the Scooterville McDonalds.  I will put some photos in the blog of this event because it is truly a favorite with my students.

The sun is actually peaking out today which is always a treat. The snow is all gone around here, but some is forecasted for next week. Wind has been the big story around here, but that seems to have blown through. 

Tucker called while driving back to Utah from Colorado. He has had a great time skiing and visiting with friends. He got to have dinner with our friends John and Ann in Dillon, Colorado which was a nice treat for him. I have a photo of John giving Tucker his bottle, when Tucker was just a wee one! Many years later, Tucker was John's stoker on the back of a tandem bike as they rode across the state of Iowa! They have been bonded for many years!

I guess that's all for now. I only have 4 rows of knitting left on my Baby Surprise Jacket and then some finishing work on it. I will post photos when it is completed.

Hope all is well.


coreyrob said...

What a fun poem!

Tucker said...

You are supposed to be promoting a healthy lifestyle to your kids at school, why are you setting up a McDonalds?!?!

Nice Poem!