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  • Grandpa and Me

    From the Omaha Daily Bee, November 5, 1912.
     My grandpa says that he was once
         A little boy like me.
     I s’pose he was, and yet it does
         Seem queer to think that he
     Could ever get my jacket on
         Or shoes, or like to play
     With games, and toys, and race with Duke,
         As I do every day.
     He’s come to visit us, you see,
         Nurse says I must be good
     And mind my manners, as a child
         With such a grandpa should.
     For grandpa’s very straight and tall,
         And very dignified.
     He knows most all there is to know,
         And other things beside.
     So, though my grandpa knows so much
         I thought that maybe boys
     Were things he hadn’t studied
         They make such an awful noise.
     But when at dinner I asked for
         Another piece of pie,
     I thought I saw a twinkle
         In the corner of his eye.
     So yesterday, when they went out,
         And left us two alone
     I was not quite so much surprised
         To find how nice he’d grown.
     You should have seen us romp and run;
         My, now I almost see
     That perhaps he was long, long ago
         A little boy like me.