Things Grow Legs in Our House

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    Things grow legs in our house.
    Why, just the other day
    My mom was telling Dad his book
    Just must have walked away!
    And my big sister, Jenny,
    Had a comb and two barrettes;
    She’s looked for them most everywhere
    But hasn’t found them yet.
    And Chip has lost his favorite bone.
    He left it on the floor.
    No one has asked me, but I’ll bet
    It walked right out the door.
    Dad says that pens and pencils are
    The things that grow legs first.
    Then after that it’s stockings and
    The keys in my mom’s purse.
    My brother, Ben, has lost his cap
    And both his football shoes.
    With all the things we lose ’round here,
    I sure wish that I knew
    Just how those things can grow those legs
    And how they disappear.
    Until I do, we’ll probably
    Keep losing things, I fear.
    So if you come to my house,
    Be careful what you do,
    Or the bed that’s in our guest room might
    Just walk right off with you!

    [illustration] Illustrated by Doug Roy