16 December 2009

'Twas the night before Benntt's Humpty Dumpty Surgery

'Twas the night before Bennett's Humpty Dumpty Surgery
and all through the Ronald McDonald House
not a creature was stirring
not even a little boy named Bennett.

The clothes (we picked out to wear tomorrow) were hung over the dresser with care,
In fear that the 6am Pre-Op check-in at the hospital would too soon be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their makeshift beds (on the floor),
While the parents' visions of no more ileostomy bags danced in their heads;

And Daddy with his laptop and mine in my lap,
Had just settled down for what would seem like a short little nap,

When out of the blue arose such a clatter,
Daddy sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the shower and grabbing breakfast like a flash,
Threw on some clothes and fell over the trash.

The moon on the breast of the front yard fake Hospital snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a 5am cellphone alarm going off next to my ear,

With the excitement of Bennett's surgery making us so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment, it was here - this was it!

More rapid than eagles to the hospital our little Toyota came,
And we double checked we had everything, listing it by name:

"Now, Insurance card! Driver's License! Computer! And Clothes!
Diaper Bag! Magazines! Snacks! And Cell Phone! 

So up to the 2nd floor with Bennett we flew,
Mommy, Daddy and big Brother Oliver, too.

The surgical staff sprang through the door with a whistle,
After a goodbye kiss, they took Bennett from us and went away like a thistle.

But I heard the surgeon exclaim, ere he walked out of sight, 
"We'll take care of him...his bowels put back together just right."

**This may or may not be *fully* accurate.  But the poem was too fun so we kept going.  It was pretty much like this. :)


  1. LOVE it! So creative :) We'll be praying!!!

  2. Breck - you are so cute! How fun that you did this despite the anxiety of surgery the next day. You are quite an amazing woman. I love it!

  3. I love it! I think he'll really like this one day, too! You could make a short, illustrated children's book!

  4. Too cute! We both laughed out loud reading it :o)


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