First Things First
Have you ever wondered who was the first person to try all the things in the world?
I often wonder what inspired folks to try things first. Like who was the first to blow bubbles with gum, and what did he think when they burst?
Who was the first to count with numbers? Who was the first to run? Who was the first to sneeze, and goodness, what did he think he’d done?
The first one to eat spinach must have wondered why he did it. The first to pick lint from his belly button probably wouldn’t admit it.
Who was the first to twist a pretzel? Who was the first to own a cat? Who was the first to wear underwear and how did he feel about that?
The first to throw a frisbee must have wondered where it went. The first to write a letter must have wondered where it sent.
Who was the first to use an umbrella? Who was the first to dream? Who was the first to have a nightmare and who was the first to scream?
I often wonder if they knew they were the first, and I often wonder how many things I was the first to try.
Copyright Arden Davidson, 2019
Illustration by Kseinya Shagieva
1. Are there any things you can think of that you might have been the first person to try? What are they?
2. If you could be the only person in the world to do one thing, what would it be?
What’s Weird About A Mirror: 101 Curious Poems
written by Arden Davidson and published by Storyberries.
It’s a long-awaited, hilarious collection of children’s poems by poet Arden Davidson, and includes topics ranging from a snoring grandma to a six-footed camel to reflections on the weirdness of mirrors.