When a venting exercise takes an environmentalist turn

To the tune of the original song (with apologies to Julie Andrews):

My Favorite Things

Cooking for children and doing the dishes
Flu shots each fall against small people’s wishes
Opening bills the mail carrier brings
These are a few of my favorite things

Six dozen new emails and Singapore math
Repeating the sentence “It’s time for your bath”
No response means that they’re not listening
These are a few of my favorite things

Nine types of insurance and diapers that leak
A kid with a splinter and coffee that’s weak
The school nurse’s name on your phone when it rings
These are a few of my favorite things

When the seas rise
When the smog’s thick
When the forests burn
I simply remember my favorite things
And perspective at once returns

Filing the taxes and pipes frozen solid
A hundred more emails and why is my kid
Asking “What if all birds lost control of their wings?”
These are a few of my favorite things

Meltdowns at bedtime and full laundry baskets
Breaking up fights without blowing a gasket
Dreading the pollen that comes every spring
These are a few of my favorite things

Five different breakfasts and food that gets wasted
Rejected at once though it’s barely been tasted
By this point my inbox is overflowing
These are a few of my favorite things

When the seas rise
When the smog’s thick
When the forests burn
I simply remember my favorite things
And perspective at once returns

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