The Glad/Sad/Scared/Mad Menu

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Little Jackie in the playground
Wanted to go home.
All her friends were somewhere else,
And she was all alone.

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Her mother said that she should play,
But on what? And with whom?
She was sad, and she was mad,
And she was full of gloom.

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Her mother said, "Why don't you ask
Someone to play with you?"
But little Jackie was too scared
To talk to someone new.

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Then a little bee buzzed by
And noticed her distress,
And said, "Dear Jackie, don't you know
The trick of happiness?

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"Life is like a menu from which
You can pick your mood.
Glad, sad, scared, or mad -
It's like choosing food!"

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Then the little bee buzzed off,
And Jackie thought awhile.
If life was like a menu, well,
Then she would choose to smile.

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And as she smiled, her world was lit
By her inner sun.
And by herself, all by herself,
She was having fun!

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She swung on swings and slid down slides
With friends she never knew --
A porcupine, a panda, and
A passing kangaroo.

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She raced around with teddy bears
And an orangutan.
And as she played, she sang a song,
And this is what she sang:

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Life is like a menu from which
You can pick your mood.
Glad, sad, scared, or mad -
It's like choosing food!

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Then a little girl came by,
And Jackie said, "Hello!
Would you like to play with me?"
The little girl said, "No."

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"OK," said Jackie. "That's OK."
And sang the menu song.
The little girl said, "Do you mind
If I sing along?"

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"Oh, please!" said Jackie. "Sing with me!
Together we can sing
The menu song, and see what fun
Being friends can bring."

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And so they sang the song together,
Choosing to be glad,
Unafraid to make a friend,
No longer mad or sad.

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Pick your mood and sing, dear friends,
Sing little Jackie's song!
Choose glad, not sad, or scared, or mad,
And then just sing along!

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Life is like a menu from which
You can pick your mood.
Glad, sad, scared, or mad -
It's like choosing food!

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon



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