Variations on a Theme: Summer

“Thank you my life long afternoon…” From Variation on a Theme by W.S. Merwin

“Forgive me. I simply do not know what I am doing.” From Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams by Kenneth Koch

Summer’s great, right? Ah, summer. How’s yours going–are you relaxing, enjoying the little ones?

Let me tell you how my summer is going.


“Mom, what’s my other teacher’s name at camp?”

“I don’t recall…”

“What color day is it tomorrow?”

“I have to look.”

“Do I have swimming today?”

“Um, I think so…”

“Is it pizza today?”

“Yeah, I think…” 

“What’s our field trip tomorrow? The library?”

“Oh, maybe…” I am not sure what any of your teachers names at camp are. What’s color day? I don’t read the e-mails they send at the end of every camp day. Did I know there was a pool? I’m glad they’re feeding you. Wow, field trips, huh? We drop you off. We pick you up. It’s camp. 





“I finished my water.”


“Mrs. Bradford, this is the doctor’s office. We wanted to let you know that you missed your appointment today…”


“Mrs. Bradford, this is the dentist’s office. We wanted to let you know that you missed your appointment today…”


“Mrs. Bradford, this is the pediatrician’s office…”

“She moved.”


“Mommy, I need to show you something.”

“In a minute.”

“No, now! I need to show you something NOW. COME HERE!”

“In a minute!”

“COME HERE MOMMY! I need to show you something here! IN HERE! COME HERE!”

“I said in a minute! I AM IN THE BATHROOM!”


“Mommy, this needs to be cleaned up right now.”


“Mommy, I will always listen to you. So you don’t scream at me.”


“I don’t want that chicken. There’s a bug on it.”

“Actually, I want that chicken.”


“You said you wanted the chicken!”



“Mommy, get OUT! I need privacy in the bathroom!”

“Come wipe my butt!”


“Mommy, you have wrinkles.”


“Mommy, you know what?”


“Go to sleep now. No talking.”

“But mommy…”

“Enough talking tonight. Go to sleep.”


Sigh. “What is it?”

“I love you everything in the world.”

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8 Responses to Variations on a Theme: Summer

  1. Monica says:

    I LOVE this Wendy…especially the end.

  2. Monica says:

    I love this, especially the end.

  3. Lauren says:

    Fantastic. Mark and i (on “vacation…” Air quotes are bc we”re with kids) watched Louis ck’s “why?” Bit last night. This could be part of it!!!!

  4. Aleta says:

    My husband was telling friends that he can’t wait until our son starts talking. Our friends said, “HA! Just you wait! Then he will never stop!”

  5. cambibsandbaubles says:

    Yes yes yes! That’s motherhood.

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