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The Family Vacation



The family vacation,
two kids, the dog, my wife and me,
the station wagon's all packed up
but Timmy has to pee!
At last we're off, two hundred miles,
we stop at Mickey D's
for cheeseburgers, four cokes and fries,
the kids are hard to please!

Now, travelling can be a drag,
there's Mollie's travel sickness,
and Timmy with his acting out,
the wagon's such a mess!
Candy wrappers, markers, gum
still sticking to the seats,
I'm putting my foot firmly down,
"Right kids, NO MORE TREATS!"

Another hundred miles, we stretch
and exercise old Marmaduke,
with running, jumping, food and drink
my Timmy has to puke!
Mollie cries, my wife consoles her,
gets her settled down to rest,
Timmy's resting too, God bless 'em!
children sleeping, we are blessed.

The final leg, we're all excited!
DISNEY WORLD! a world apart,
Pirates of the Carribean,
Haunted Mansion, where to start?
Here EVERYONE'S a kid, a dreamer,
dreams that last the whole year through
'til next year when we hit the highway
maybe we'll be seeing YOU!

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 10:14:00 AM
    At klast, one I haven't read! Sounds like you are a veteran at these vacations Keith. Dogs and kids make the exercise an adventure to be born with patience. You bring it all to life with a smile for the memories! Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 7/14/2012 12:42:00 AM
    thank you for sharing so thrilling holiday spirit with your readers .jk

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 7:36:00 AM
    Nicely done. When my mother and I took the kids years ago. On the final drag (miles I think) which led into the parking lots, my sweet four year old daughter, Jeannie, threw her little skirt out the car back door window. (no place to stop) That led to lots of "discussion." love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 7:50:00 PM
    Great write Keith! Family road trips...Ah the good ole days...And Disney is quite the memory treat.

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 4:58:00 PM
    Like the movie of the same name! When I was young, we traveled 8 kids in back part of an old station wagon. What memories! Fun poem, Keith.

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 4:49:00 PM
    a humorous take on something so many of us have experienced - you've nailed all the annoyances and the joys of such a trip. as for me, i'm glad i don't have to do those anymore!

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 11:50:00 AM
    delightful, keith.. reminds me of national lampoon vacation movies.. you had me at line 1!... :) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:09:00 AM
    Hi Kieth very good write my friend, went to disney paris sometime ago with five in a transporter it was just likr this, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 7:48:00 AM
    Oh, I loved road trips with the kids, Keith! They'd always been so quiet and curious. They had games, but preferred the letter game of finding something that matched each letter of the alphabet. But "candy wrappers, markers, gum sticking to the seats" are always forgotten when reaching your destiny. You must all have had a blast at Disney World! love, Mikki