My Pa he eats his breakfast
 in a funny sort of way:
We hardly ever see him
 at the first meal of the day.
Ma puts his food before him
 and he settles in his place
An’ then he props the paper up
 and we can’t see his face;
We hear him blow his coffee
 and we hear him chew his toast,
But it’s for the morning paper
   that he seems to care the most.
Ma says that little children
 mighty grateful ought to be
To the folks that fixed the evening
 as the proper time for tea.
She says if meals were only served
 to people once a day,
An’ that was in the morning
 just before Pa goes away,
We’d never know how father looked
 when he was in his place,
Coz he’d always have the morning paper
 stuck before his face.
He drinks his coffee steamin’ hot,
 an’ passes Ma his cup
To have it filled a second time,
 an’ never once looks up.
He never has a word to say,
 but just sits there an’ reads,
An’ when she sees his hand stuck out
 Ma gives him what he needs.
She guesses what it is he wants,
   coz it’s no use to ask:
Pa’s got to read his paper
 an’ sometimes that’s quite a task.
One morning we had breakfast
   an’ his features we could see,
But his face was long an’ solemn
 an’ he didn’t speak to me,
An’ we couldn’t get him laughin’
 an’ we couldn’t make him smile,
An’ he said the toast was soggy
 an’ the coffee simply vile.
Then Ma said: 'What’s the matter?
 Why are you so cross an’ glum?’
An’ Pa 'most took her head off
 coz the paper didn’t come.

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