Emma’s Dilemma

Emma’s Dilemma

My 7 y.o. son stumbled on the word “dilemma” in a book yesterday, and was tickled when I told him the definition.  ”Does Emma have a dilemma?” he asked gleefully — referring to a class friend.

And so, this limerick (L’Emma-rick?) was born:

A certain young lady named Emma
Was faced with an awful dilemma
Should she buy de lime,
Or de lemon this time?
Said de iceman, “Have both for a tenna.”


Kids are wonderful at word-play, because the language we take for granted is uncharted territory for them.  For us, it’s a set of utilitarian syllables — For them, it’s a playground.

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