My Mother Drives Me Everywhere
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From the book My Dog Likes to Disco
My mother drives me everywhere.
She drives me to my school.
She drives me to my football practice
and the swimming pool.
She drives me to piano lessons,
and my English tutor.
She drives me to the mall to get
new games for my computer.
She’d rather that I rode my bike,
or walked, or took the bus.
But if she doesn’t drive me
I just whine and make a fuss.
I’d get around without her but
I’m really much too lazy.
My mother drives me everywhere
and I just drive her crazy.
— Kenn Nesbitt
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Reading Level: Grade 3
Topics: Poems about Friends and Family
About This Poem
Do you walk to school? Ride your bike? Take the bus? Or does your mom drive you to school?
Where else does she drive you? Do you play a sport or take lessons after school? If you want to go to the store to buy something, does she drive you there?
When I was a kid, I almost always walked to school or rode my bike. In fact, I think my mom only drove me to school or picked me up from school once or twice the whole time I was growing up.
Now and then she would drive me and my brothers to the movies or something else we wanted to do, but most of the time we would still walk, ride our bikes, or take the bus.
When I grew up and had kids of my own, my wife and I found out just how much time parents spend driving their kids places. We even jokingly called her car “Mom’s Taxi Service” because she was constantly driving the kids somewhere.
I’m not saying you need to walk everywhere instead of asking your mom for a ride to soccer practice or the mall, but I am saying that you probably shouldn’t whine if she says no. And when she does give you a ride, it’s a good idea to remember to say thank you.
From the Book My Dog Likes to Disco
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