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Lycoming staff member parodies popular poem for holiday celebration
January 24, 2013
Before Christmas break, the housekeeping staff had their annual Christmas party. During the festivities, First Shift Housekeeping Supervisor Dave Lance shared the following poem with his staff, a twist on the popular “’Twas the Night before Christmas”.
‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the college
Dave was all over campus, searching for knowledge.
It was ten after one and no one was around
The dorms were all empty; there wasn’t a sound.
The mops were all hung in the closets with care,
The slop sinks were all leaking, drip-dripping everywhere.
The custodians were all nestled all snug ‘round the time clock
With visions of leaving, past the quad, down the sidewalk.
But Dave had announcements with 3 minutes to spare
He needed more cleaning to be done over there.
A groan was unleashed, that made such a clatter,
The president over in Long Hall wondered what was the matter.
Dave asked for some patience, they could do it in a flash,
Just mop up some spills and empty the trash.
He wanted some volunteers to raise up their hands,
T’would take but a moment and ruin no plans.
Dave searched ‘round the room, his heart felt despair
As crickets were heard chirping in the air.
Then what to his wondering eyes should appear,
Theresa’s hand going up, the first volunteer!
Then Camille’s and Deb’s and Cathy’s hands went up quick,
Dave knew in a moment that this was no trick.
Cindy’s, Roberta’s, Becky’s and Pat’s, too,
They put their hands up; what a dedicated crew!
Before long all of the custodians stood tall,
They wanted to help; they would answer the call!
More rapid than eagles, they flew to their closets,
They would pick up the trash and scrape gum deposits.
These people were dedicated beyond everyone’s thought,
They were cleaning all the windows and not leaving one spot.
The campus was clean, not one speck could be found,
Then back to the time clock they came with a bound.
It was 1:30 on the nose, and not one minute after,
They had done all the work and even managed some laughter.
Dave was thrilled to say the least, he beamed with great pride,
This family of his did great, never losing their stride.
And so I must say, with much joy in my heart,
You guys are the best but before you depart,
Could you all do me a favor….have fun, have a ball!
Have a Very Merry Christmas to one and to all!