Twas the first days of winter vacation
In hopes of relaxing from a semester of deprivation
Not a teenager eschewed a multi-days long hibernation
Where the XBOX was humming, punctuated by the occasional deviation
To the refrigerator.
All finals were taken
No impending projects to be done
As the holidays arrived
Full of food and fun.
But, wait…what the what?!? There’s more college applications!
With deadlines on New Year’s Day?!?
Complicating any visions of uninterrupted play!
Parent worried about teenage procrastination
Shared “Bah-Humbug” concerns
Wishing for the moment not to be so stern
“It’s ahllwaaays something!” the teenagers complained.
They marched toward the glowing screen
As if facing the guillotine
Then, what a clatter arose!
When beginning to compose
The next college essay.
As slowly, it dawned
That previous drafting had spawned
Almost fully done personal statements!
Erupting into a spontaneous celebratory victory dance parade
Of all who were previously dismayed
Turning lemons into wintertime lemonade!
When the final “submit” was clicked
In a triumphant fervent!
Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous new year!
Photo credit: University of Miami, Launchpad