Matthew L. Fredericks
I told my mom I'd go to work
if she would go to school.
She thought that trading places once
just might be kind of cool.
So she agreed; I packed her lunch
and made her wash her face.
Then Mother said, "I wonder why
you want to take my place?"
"I wonder what you do at work.
I'd like to meet your boss.
Now hurry up and brush your teeth
and don't forget to floss.
"There's just one other thing, Mom,
that I forgot to mention:
I'll pick you up at four o'clock-
today you have detention."
Text © Matthew L. Fredericks, reprinted from If
Kids Ruled the School published by Meadowbrook Press.
Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use
of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.