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Classic Poem

How to Hug Your Three-Year-Old Daughter
                                (for Emma)
 
Be prepared
to be quick.
 
The hug may come
when you expect it least:
you're carrying a cup of hot coffee
   answering her call sleepy eyed
            lifting bread from the oven.
 
The hug may come 
around your knees
before she darts off
or from behind
as you stoop
to fish the remote
from beneath the couch.
 
Don't be afraid
to ask for one.
Get down on your knees.
Spread your arms
to improve her aim.
Close your eyes.
Let her eager abruptness
startle you.
Grin.
Remember:
tomorrow is prompt.
 
Be prepared
to be quick.
 
In Nye, Naomi Shihab and Paul B. Janeczko, eds.  I Feel a Little Jumpy Around You: A Book of Her Poems & His Poems Collected in Pairs.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
 
Introduction- Children with younger siblings can relate to this poem, perhaps as well as parents.
 
Extension-  Discuss what the poet means by "tomorrow is prompt."  Note how the short lines accentuate his advice, "Be prepared/ to be quick."  Suggest they try something in a similar vein, e.g., "How to kiss your father/mother."
 
 

 

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