Practicing for Poetry Reading – Joker Daughter in Background

Do you have a joker in your family?

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

My family is full of jokers. Below is a home video from 1999 when I was practicing for a poetry reading. Like many people, I have a fear of public speaking, so I needed to practice in order to stay calm and not fret to the point my nerves unraveled.

My oldest daughter goofed around in the background. It took me a while to catch on. She was about 18 at the time. I had a laughing attack watching this a few months ago. I’d forgotten how funny April was with her shenanigans.

I’m only sharing excerpts rather than the whole poem because I may publish it as a picture book.

At one point, our cat PeeWee jumped up onto the chair and startled April. Haha!

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Ollie ollie oxen
free free free!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Winner wins
losers weep

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Tic tac toe
Tag! You’re it!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

With heavy hearts
we stand and gawk

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Granddad hollers over the rail
Stop all that noise,
his face so pale

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Better leave our gramps alone

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Long faces

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Breathe in the magic
hold your breath

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

I love her expressions.

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Greeted by the morning yawn

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

New sidewalk chalk lights up our eyes!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Joker, joker, joker!

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

Small footprints lead down the path . . .

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

. . . to endless whims, dreams, and sighs
far beyond where magic lies

Lynn Kelley, Grammy Gets It, joker in background

If you watch the video, you can hear me hooting, cackling, and snorting as I was re-recording this home video to share on YouTube. Ah, the memories of raising kids. Parents never know what to expect, especially with a house full of little jokers.

Humor helps keep my fretting in check. Fret is The Daily Post one-word prompt for today. 

It’s National Poetry Month. If you’d like to read more of my poems, check these out:

Spool

Ragged Old Slippers

Defeat and Hope

What are your thoughts? Do you take a lot of home videos or photos? Do you enjoy reminiscing years later when you look back at them? Do you tend to fret? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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2 Responses to Practicing for Poetry Reading – Joker Daughter in Background

  1. Pambelina says:

    This is hysterical…April is so darn funny! Every time I watch this I just crack up more and more!!

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