300 kids come to our house every Halloween. Instead of candy they get stickers and a “magic scroll”, a rolled up poem that I write every year. This year, my son inspired me to write ”The Cure For Boredom.” I’m passionate about inspiring people to spend their time on what’s most important to them. Sometimes, what’s most important is just curing your child’s boredom.
THE CURE FOR BOREDOM
Mommy I’m bored there’s nothing to do
I don’t know what’s next, I don’t have a clue
I’ve read all my comics, my coloring’s done
I’ve played with my toys, they’re not really fun
I finished my homework, there wasn’t too much
Rectangles, triangles, big circles and such
I don’t want to finish my drawing right now
The one of the barn with the horse and the cow
There’s a whole lot of clay, but what should I make
A monster from Mars, or a big birthday cake?
I could build an old castle with all of my blocks
Or play that weird game with the hen and the fox.
I’m squirming around in dad’s favorite chair
I turn upside down, put my legs in the air
I might twist around all my fingers and toes
And make a strange face while I turn up my nose
I’m here all alone there’s nothing to do
I sit at the window and stare at the view
I’m bored of this boredom, I’ve now had enough
I don’t want to play with any old stuff
But what I would like when there’s nothing to do
Is just to spend time with someone like you
Let’s play with some cards, I don’t know the name
It’s like crazy eights, a really fun game
I could stop being bored I think I know how
Mom did you hear, can you play with me now?
I really don’t care what we do, you and I
Just reading together or playing “I spy”
The thing I want most from my mom and my dad
Is time spent with me, and that makes me glad
Mark Ellwood is president of Pace Productivity, an international consulting firm that specializes in improving corporate productivity. His passionate mission is to improve people and processes through consulting and training.