Goodnight Moon (with apologies to Margaret Wise Brown)

In the messy green family room,
There was a telemarketer ringing the telephone
And a crying toddler
because his brother just popped his red balloon

And a picture of
The cow jumping over the moon (which someone colored on with permanent marker)

And there was a missing teddy bear, and a girl with gum in her hair.
And one to be scolded
And laundry to be folded
And a very angry spouse
And something stinky in the house (that no one else seemed to smell)

And a comb and a brush and a colicky baby who just won't hush
And a frazzled mommy screaming, "#$%6!"

Goodnight messy room
Goodnight scribbled-on moon
Goodnight cow who's getting out while she can
Goodnight telemarketers and popped balloon

Goodnight long-gone teddy bear
Goodnight soggy cereal bar smeared all over the dining room chair

Goodnight spit-up
And goodnight leaky sippy cup

Goodnight much-too-little house and grumpy spouse.
Goodnight comb and goodnight brush
And goodnight to a certain four-year-old who needs to hush right now I mean it!

Goodnight Elmo
Goodnight toys we'll pick up tomorrow
(or the next day)

Hello TiVo –
"Me" time finally....