I Can Haz Coffee Break? (dedicated to all my friends who are moms)
May jumped as July set off another firecracker behind her.
"Make him stop it, Mama!" she cried, and then went back to posing in front of the mirror, in her colorful new spring outfits.
September and October were squabbling.
"You always wreck all my stuff!" yelped September.
"Oh so what? It's all so last season anyway," countered October with a dismissive wave of her hand.
"Oh please," sneered February. "You'd think no one ever jumped the broomstick without you."
"You're just jealous because you're short and dull," replied June in a superior tone.
February looked hurt, then said, "But people say I have a good heart," and spread her valentines out in front of her.
March came blowing through like a whirlwind, scattering the cards.
"Mama!" shrieked February.
"Not now," called Mama Year.
"What's the matter, Piggy? Scared I'll ask you to share that turkey and stuffing? If you love turkey so much, why don't you marry it? Huh? Huh?"
"Cry baby, cry baby," taunted August. "Why don't you come outside and do something?"
"I'm going to send you all outside in about a minute," warned Mama Year. "Where's my Tylenol?"
"Send them now," groused January.
Mama Year shot a look and said, "I brought you into this world, child, and--"
"I can take you out of it," mimicked December with an eye roll.
They all knew, when Mama Year used that tone of voice, they'd better listen,
And so they all trooped out, except January,
Who was so quiet that she remained unnoticed in the window seat,
Smiling to herself,
All wrapped up in her book.