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Mom and Dad Are Always Right

by Barry Louis Polisar

Mom and Dad are always right and I am always wrong.
They tell me that I eat too much and that I take too long.
My grades at school aren't good enough, I don't do what I should.
They tell me that I'm pretty dumb, I guess I'm not so good.
They yell at me and tell me that I disobey their rules;
I sleep too much, I miss the bus, I'm always late for school.
When we go out to dinner, I always spill my drink,
I drop my spoon and spill my soup; was born this was they think.

Dad says he was stronger when he was half my age.
Mom never got dirty when she went out to play.
I guess they both were perfect kids when they were young like me;
They always did what they were told and that's how I should be.
I guess I'm just a naughty boy--that's what they always say,
Then they wonder why it is that I turned out this way.
But you can't be perfect all the time--you can't always be good.
Everybody makes mistakes and everybody should.

Mom and Dad aren't always right and I'm not always wrong.
I don't think that I eat too much or that I take too long.
And one thing that I know for sure that they don't understand;
I'm smarter than my Mommy and Daddy think I am.
Mom says that I'm clumsy and I'm just a little brat;
Somehow I accidentally spill my milk into her lap.
Dad says I'm no help at all--I just get in his way;
So when I should be helping him, I go outside and play.

Copyright by Barry Louis Polisar



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