Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey. We had nothing to do and nothing to say. We were nearing the end of a dismal day, And then there seemed to be nothing beyond, Then Daddy fell into the pond!
And everyone's face grew merry and bright, And Timothy danced for sheer delight. "Give me the camera, quick, oh quick! He's crawling out of the duckweed!" Click!
Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee, And doubled up, shaking silently, And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft, And it sounded as if the old drake laughed. Oh, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond When Daddy Fell into the pond!
Sit up straight Said Mum to Mabel. Keep your elbows Off the table. Do not eat peas off a fork. Your mouth is full - Don't try and talk. Keep your mouth shut When you eat. Keep still or you'll Fall off your seat. If you want more , You will say 'please'. Don't fiddle with That piece of cheese! If then we kids Cause such a fuss Why do you go on Having us?