How many times have you said to your kids, “Five more minutes, then we are going!” We all give our kids these inane warnings, all the time. Listen next time you are at the park,or a store, or a party and you can hear parents all around you warning their offspring, “Five more minutes!” Really, I think we are probably warning ourselves, and the other adults around us, with a polite “I am outta here.” But then we run into an old friend, or start a conversation with new friends, settle down with just one more glass of wine and soon five minutes turns into 6, and then into 60. How are our kids ever going to learn the concept of time ? Here is a short story I wrote about this after I caught myself giving my kids their 100th warning that it was time to leave. Enjoy!
Five More Minutes!
“Kids! Five more minutes! We have to go!” Mom called downstairs.
Five minutes! Awww, what can we do in five minutes?
So… we had a fast, funky dance party,
and a lovely, little tea party ,
and a cool costume party with sparkly hats,
colorful feather boas,
and scary face masks.
“Children, five more minutes!” Hollered Dad
So… we had silly potato sack races,
and tricky wheelbarrow races,
and a championship three-legged race.
“Hey Cuties, five more minutes!” Yelled Aunt Sue.
So… we watched a whole scary movie with the lights off,
and played crazy charades,
and finished an entire game of Monopoly.
“Yo, guys and gals! FIVE-MORE –MINUTES!” Bellowed Uncle Dave.
So… we played nine innings of baseball,
and nine innings of kickball and…
nine rounds of dodge ball…
“Oh, Sweeties, just five more minutes!” Sang out Grandma.
So… we made delicious cupcakes with pink and chocolate frosting,
and ice cream sundaes with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles,
and had a very successful, neighborhood lemonade stand.
“Calling all you mad monkeys! Five more minutes!” Said Granddad.
So… we made a time machine from some nails, and sheets and
old wood we found in the back yard,
painted it all red and black,
and went back in time to slay a fierce, fire-breathing dragon.
“Come on! Five minutes are up! Time to go!” said Mom.
“But we aren’t done yet!”
“Okay, okay, five more minutes!”
“Awww, but what can we do in just five minutes?”
Anne Cavanaugh-Sawan, 2011.