I Did It

Miss Lynn
Lynn Hickernell


That big ol’ maple tree, covered all with branches, Seemed to say, "You couldn't climb me if you had a million chances." I thought it might be right I felt a little queasy, As I walked up to the trunk, I gulped and said, "This won't be easy . . . " But I climbed a little at a time I checked each branch and made a plan Foot over foot, hand over hand . . . Now look at me! Hurray! Yippee! Just where I worked so hard to be— At the top of the maple tree! I just kept going Although I felt a bit distressed I know I'm growing, When I try hard to do my best And though it took some time— Minute after minute . . . Now it is done And I'm so proud to say, "I did it!" Though I am very young, it's true There are a lot of things I can do When I make up my mind, and stick to it Then the chances are quite good I'm going to do it On my first day of school I felt so scared inside me When I saw the room filled up with kids I tried to run and hide me Every one looked so weird And no one there did know me When I turned around, this girl came up And said, "My name's Naomi . . . " So I said, "Hi!" and winked my eye Made up my mind that I would stay, and asked her if she'd like to play Now the school year is at an end I look around the room again, and it is all filled up with friends! I wasn't always sure, I'm happy to admit it But it is done, and I'm so proud to say I did it!