Rockingchair Rhymes 

Need a story that rocks-as-you-talk to help you shush your fussy baby or toddler off to sleep? Have we got a story for you!
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When my son was an itty bitty, he sometimes had a tough go of it falling asleep. There were nights he was too excited from the day and others that he had a rumbly tummy. I was gifted a rocking chair-- it was left behind by the former owner of my home. This big ol' chair always meant a lot to me because the woman shared that she rocked her son to sleep in it. Somehow, I just knew I would have one of my own someday soon. I put that rocking chair to immediate good use.

As I rocked him to sleep, nestled in my arms, it helped for him to hear mommy's voice quietly soothing him. To match the rhythm of the rocking chair, I memorized and would recite Eugene Field's timeless children's poem, Wynken, Blyken, and Nod. It wasn't a long story, so I would recite it a couple times and that usually was enough to sail my sweet son off to dreamland.

As he got older, he would ask for other stories... I read little books, like Goodnight Moon, but they just didn't have that soothing rhythm that could be spoken in time with the motion of the mam's rocking chair. What's a writer to do? Oh, right, create her own poetry. 

Samuel's Excursions have the same cadence and beat and Field's classic about those worthy travelers. As he got a little older and could pick up a few words on the page, he asked me to (try to) draw pictures and write them down. I share the first in this series with you. I hope that it helps your little one catch the westerlies off to dreamland as well as it did my own cherub.

I wish you fair winds and following seas... nighty night.

Samuel's Excursions Circle the Globe

"Samuel's Excursions"
were what the words said in the sign reading "Pilut 4 hyr."
"I'll show you adventure, I'll show you the world.
You see, I'm a top-rated flyer.

First, we'll see jungles, the Congo and more,
We'll have tea with Gorillas I know.

Then, next the savannah, a safari and tour.
On the necks of giraffe we'll ride and we'll laugh.
They will take us wherever we'll go.

We must fly to Hawaii, that's a long trip by sky,
but worth it to see what we'll see.
Samuel's excursions will show you volcanoes
then we'll swim with the fish in the sea.

My favorites are dolphins, with long bottle noses,
that frolic and play all day long.
But at night we'll all pause to smell the gardenia,
and listen to night birds in song.

Or, is that my mommy who's calling to me?
Her soft lullaby, yes, I know.
It's time now to nestle, to rock-a-bye baby
though I'm a big boy as boys go.

Samuel's excursions and adventures await.
Even though they have paused now it seems.
They will start soon again.
Trust me, my friend.
In the places made just for our dreams.

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