One cool, spring day, many years ago A little bunny hopped into our yard With five of us kids surrounding it Catching it wasn't really very hard We talked Daddy into letting us keep it And he promised to build a rabbit hutch My sister and I smiled 'cause we both knew Our Daddy was usually a soft touch Playing with the rabbit and the chickens Special pets they would all become My brother always brought in little stray dogs And cats looking for a good home We played hopscotch and marbles And splashed and frolicked in the creek Games of three-eyed-cat with a ball and stick Kick-the-can and hide-and-go-seek Times were hard and the family was big And we all had our chores to do Looking back, I sometimes marvel at how Daddy and Mother always saw us through Often, Daddy went to work in the mines When he was sick and was hardly able Mother stretched every penny as far as she could To make sure there was food on the table They always made our holidays special Trying to give us something to remember It must have taken them months to pay For our Christmases each December Our parents sacrificed a lot for us And never once did I hear them complain Oftentimes, I let my mind wander 'way back when And enjoy those simple pleasures once again Kathleen McCoy Eldridge© September 9, 2006 All Rights Reserved







Holding Things Together
Midi Picking by Harry Todd
Sequenced by Harry Todd
Used with Permission