this poem was written in the summer of 2006 when Nicole was 12–I wrote it from my memory of an overheard conversation between my daughter and an older lady in our church community who was struggling with serious illness at the time
If you’re having a difficult day
Arguing with your sister, grumpy with your mom
Here is something that can help
It’s just a suggestion but here’s what I like to do:
First you get a cup of tea,
or hot chocolate, even
Then you get your book.
Set your timer for 15 minutes
And read. Let the tea warm you up
Enjoy your book.
If you still need a little something,
You can eat a small square
Of really good
In my experience
That can fix any day
That has gotten off to a bad start.