New Year's Eve With Maxi Lou
Every evening, Maxie Lou
Did not like bedtime, cause she knew
Things amazing and amusing
Didn’t start till she was snoozing.
She had to go to bed at eight.
She’s five-years-old, so eight was late.
But she believed her mum and dad
And sister Fran were all too glad
That Maxie had to go to bed.
It meant they could stay up instead
For hours and hours after
Having fun with lots of laughter.
Maxie Lou resented this.
She didn’t like her bedtime kiss,
Getting tucked beneath the sheets
And missing all the late-night treats!
Her parents said, “Max, that’s absurd!”
They swore that nothing fun occurred.
And nothing wild, nothing weird,
And nothing odd at night appeared!
To her parents, Maxie said,
“Well then, let’s forget my bed.
Cause after all, I do believe
Tonight — that’s right! — is New Year’s Eve!”
Her parents rolled their eyes, but smiled.
Maxie was a stubborn child.
She’d kick up a fuss unless
They nodded and said, “Okay, yes.”
Maxie shouted, “Hip hip hooray!
So I can stay up all the way
Past midnight? Finally I’ll see
Your after-hours jamboree!”
Upon the sofa she did sit,
A little drowsy, just a bit.
She sat up straight, she knew that some
Incredible event would come.
But eight o’clock turned into nine
And nothing yet seemed out of line.
Her dad does dishes while Mum cleans
And Fran peruses magazines.
Maxie yawned, “This was a bore!
But soon the fun will come, I’m sure!”
And suddenly she spied a gnome
Carrying cake across the home.
He warned her, “Psst, don’t make a sound!
Pretend there are no gnomes around.
The party upstairs is a blast.
We’re ringing out the year that’s past!”
Max could not believe her eyes.
What an excellent surprise!
She looked at Fran and Dad and Mum.
Were they invited too to come?
They hadn’t seen a gnome or cake.
Oh what a waste to be awake!
Well, Maxie crept up all the stairs
And saw a group of talking bears
Go in her room. A monkey too!
She said, “Hold on! I’ll come with you!”
Inside her room, there was a buzz.
Her bed was where the party was.
Beneath the blanket, noise and lights.
Maxie thought, “Let’s see the sights!”
And oh the things that she beheld!
The sounds she heard, the smells she smelled!
Singing songs, a weasel trio!
Alligators here from Rio
Hosting games and offering sweets.
New Year’s Eve beneath the sheets
Was so exciting to attend
That Max hoped it would never end!
And Maxie’s family sat in chairs,
With paper hats, and horns to blow,
When Fran said, “Wait, where’d Maxie go?”
Mum said Maxie, half-asleep,
Had gone to bed without a peep.
The three went up to just make sure.
They poked their heads inside the door.
Maxie was asleep and snoring.
“Guess she thought the night was boring,”
They were whispering to each other
When the clock chimed. “Listen Mother!
Listen Dad!” said Fran. “What fun!
It’s midnight! A new year’s begun!”
And Maxie’s dreaming with a grin
That she stayed up to ring it in.