One exhausting Friday night
We succumbed to take out.
And as we waited our turn in line
The fish shop was invaded.
A father with three under four
Was valiantly entertaining and educating
His young mob.
He’d mastered the art of distraction
Taught numeracy and language
Complete with one child on his hip and one child on each hand.
Another family did arrive
This time Grandpa and two tikes
These youngsters entertained themselves with spending Grandpa’s cash.
A mother taught her daughter how
To pop those plastic straws.
And another turned up with two children and a pup
All of whom were under 5.
The dog obviously did not go in
To collect the dinner prize
That was left up to the under fives.
They problem solved their hearts out
As to how to carry their load
Until the mother could rescue it
Complete with dog in tow
And as they walked off to their home
Both children could see
The mother struggling with the dog and balancing their tea
“Can I walk Scruffy Pizza Mum,”
Pipes up the child of three.