March 2, 2012

My Lesson from Dr. Seuss

Yesterday, I wanted to whip up some cute little Cat in the Hat hats as a treat that my kids could have for Dr. Seuss' birthday today.  Unfortunately, they didn't turn out as I'd planned.  Instead of grumbling and in true Dr. Seuss fashion, I decided to look for the positive in my decorating fail!

So, presented by Me, here at Come Together Kids, 
I present my own, original Seussian masterpiece...

March 2nd is a special day,
A day to celebrate and play,
Dr. Seuss was born, hooray!

I knew something special
 had to be done,
I went looking around to
 find something fun

My search ended with
 the sweet Natalie,
who blogs over at 

She made these fun cat hats,
so cute and so clever,
I thought, "I can do that,
they'll be better than ever."

So I got some white chocolate
and some cookies to dip,
"When my kids see these", I thought,
"they'll most certainly flip!"

I was moving along,
had them all in a line,
but the mistake that I made was 
not taking my time.

You see, for the next step,
the dipping in red,
I did not follow the directions,
the sweet Natalie said.

Wait for each end to dry?
I don't need to do that!
I'll rush and I'll hurry
with my hats for a cat!

What happens when you rush,
and don't take your time?
Don't make your own mistakes,
you can learn things from mine!

The warm chocolate will spread
 and get sort of gloppy,
then instead of cute stripes
you'll have nothing but sloppy.

Yes, that's right, those aren't stripes,
they're not straight, they look dumb,
In fact, you can notice
the print from my thumb!

Then instead of dipping, you think,
"I'll just pipe on a line"
Well, I'm here to tell you,
You'll be wasting your time.

You still won't have stripes,
you won't have a straight line,
but that's what happens, 
I tell you, when you don't
take your time.

So you may sit and then grumble,
as you look at your mess,
and think, "Now, I've learned,
that I must try my best."

Don't skip steps, don't rush,
don't hurry, don't run,
Take your time, do things right,
then you'll get the job done.

Now, that lesson, though good,
does not mark the end,
because there's one last
tidbit to tell you, my friend.

 The tidbit is this, 
it's that children don't mind,
they don't worry, don't care,
if it's not perfect each time.

If there's candy, or chocolate,
or anything sweet,
they'll smile and be happy
and be ready to eat.

That's right, there's my children,
so precious and dear,
when they saw my failed cookies,
they just let out a cheer.

They smiled, they were thrilled,
they ate them with glee.
So my story, filled with failures,
still ends happily!


  1. Funny! I almost made those, and I am pretty sure mine would have turned out like yours. I definitely wouldn't have waited. lol

  2. Cute, I kinda like them a little misshapen:)

  3. Yay, what a lovely treat for your children and tribute to Dr.Seuss.

    It's nice to see that yours aren't perfect makes you more real to us readers! My stuff never turns out like the picture or as I imagine.

  4. Oh my gosh, that is SO funny! I do that pretty much every day! "I can TOTALLY do that!" And end up giving up or throwing it away ten minutes later. So glad I'm not alone! And the rhyming is hysterical! I was seriously dying laughing through this post! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

  5. I seriously have tears running down my face, I'm giggling so hard! I LOVE this post!!! You are such a fabulous mom! I wish we lived closer, I think we'd just hit it off!! Seriously, you are just too, too much!!!

  6. This is the best post EVER. Wanted to let you know that I gave you the Versatile Blogger Award.

  7. HA!!! Laura, this post made my laugh out loud!! :-) Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo

  8. Coming over from A Turtle's life for me-- and I LOVE this post- cracking up- you are an awesome mom just by the sounds of it! I am a new follower and can't wait to laugh some more with you! Love your sweet messy hats- and your kids did too! So Good Job Mom! :)

  9. Love, love, LOVE! this post. I laughed throughout it while reading your rhymes. I have definitely had moments like this. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  10. The same happened with me and out banana and strawberry hats. The kids still ate them and had a great time!

  11. this was the best post today!! great:)

  12. So clever! Dr. Seuss would be proud :) I need to practice more patience, too...especially if I want my kids to be patient! Thanks for making me laugh :)

  13. That was great! You should make a little book from this post!

  14. 1. That is totally something I would do!!! And probably still do after reading this!! Ha, I'm making those tomorrow! Let's hope I slow down. 2. The part about the kids not minding -- made my eyes water. It's so true and so sweet! Thanks for posting.

  15. The best part of this, besides the great rhyming, is that you photographed your fail anyway. I am pretty sure I would have ditched the camera and thrown up my hands in frustration, let the kids come have at and walked away from the mess. You are awesome and funny!

  16. awesomely funny!!!!

  17. This post is a riot
    I grinned ear to ear
    How your little cat's hats
    Turned out so dear!

  18. I love that you shared your fail...I think it's great when people are honest and share mishaps. I found you on TT&J. I'd love to have you share this for Fun Stuff Fridays at Toys In The Dryer.

  19. Goodness! What a cute post - I smiled the whole way through. How LONG did it take you to do an entire rhyming post? Brilliant!

  20. Oh, thank you so much everyone! I'm so glad you all liked it. To answer your question, Karissa, it probably took an hour or so, but I'd just work on it a little at a time as I thought up another verse. :)

  21. You are hilarious, I love that you turned it into a story. :o)

  22. I loved how you turned your fail into a neat poem ala Dr. Seuss. I have no patience either, so I am sure mine would have looked just as bad. Isn't it great though that kids don't mind!

  23. Love your post. You have such a great attitude.

  24. These are so cute! We are so glad that you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

  25. I LOVE THIS POST! So adorable the way you wrote it! I had so much fun reading this!!

  26. In fact I had to share it on my Facebook page for my blog, :) you can see it here if you wish.

  27. I love when other people show their "craft fails" bc it makes me feel normal! I love the way your worded this post! Thanks for sharing! :)

  28. I love when people are brave enough to share craft fails, it makes us feel so human! Mine would've turned out worse than yours I'm sure :) The kids loved these anyway, and that's what counts. Very clever rhyming the post too!
    I saw this posted at Tip Junkie and loved it, and I'd be happy if you'd come link it up at my *Get Creative* party this week, even if it was a fail, it's precious! Feel free to link up any other goodies you have as well!
    Hope to see you there

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