Now, how to amuse them today?

Thanks to everyone for your lovely messages! xxx Good news! – I’m home again after this week’s little adventure. The hospital staff all congratulated me for responding cautiously to the fever, but I’m really glad it has come to nothing. I didn’t seem to develop sneezles or anything, let alone phtheezles, but the doctors’ investigations at the hospital reminded me of this little poem from my childhood.

Christopher Robin
Had wheezles
And sneezles,
They bundled him
Into
His bed.
They gave him what goes
With a cold in the nose,
And some more for a cold
In the head.
They wondered
If wheezles
Could turn
Into measles,
If sneezles
Would turn
Into mumps;
They examined his chest
For a rash,
and the rest
Of his body for swellings and lumps.
They sent for some doctors
In sneezles
And wheezles
To tell them what ought
To be done.
All sorts of conditions
Of famous physicians
Came hurrying round
At a run.
They all made a note
Of the state of his throat,
They asked if he suffered from thirst;
They asked if the sneezles
Came after the wheezles,
Or if the first sneezle
Came first.
They said, “If you teazle
A sneezle
Or wheezle,
A measle
May easily grow.
But humour or pleazle
The wheezle
Or sneezle,
The measle
Will certainly go.”
They expounded the reazles
For sneezles
And wheezles,
The manner of measles
When new.
They said, “If he freezles
In draughts and in breezles,
Then PHTHEEZLES
May even ensue.”
Christopher Robin
Got up in the morning,
The sneezles had vanished away.
And the look in his eye
Seemed to say to the sky,
“Now, how to amuse them today?”
(From A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six)

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3 thoughts on “Now, how to amuse them today?”

  1. Love it. Glad you're home. My copy of Now we are Six seems to have vanished, it was inherited from Stuart's mother who adored it and I read a poem from it at her funeral service.

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