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Just Before the Wedding

From The Times Dispatch, June 7, 1914. By Lida Keck Wiggins.

The bride:

“I wonder if Tom’s mother will like me,
    Or if she will poke fun at all I do;
I wonder if the nice things she will see
    About me that her son professes to!
I wonder!”

The bride’s mother:

“I wonder if at home he’ll nightly stay,
    And if he will continue to adore her;
I wonder if she’ll manage him the way
    I have her dear old doting dad before her!
I wonder!”

The bridegroom:

“I wonder if Jeanne’s mother will turn out
    To be a ma-in-law to conjure fear;
I wonder if she’ll often be about,
    And if she’ll always be so sweet and dear!
I wonder!”

The bridegroom’s mother:

“I wonder if Tom’s wife knows how to cook,
    And if she’ll think I’m very queer and prim;
I wonder how her house is going to look,
    And if she’s really good enough for him!
I wonder!”

The fathers (in chorus):

“We wonder how much money it will take
    To keep them going for a year or two;
We wonder if those kids will really make
    A fortune, as they’re planning now to do!
We wonder!”

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