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