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First Line: I never care when my feet are wet
Last Line: But I hate when snow gets into my boots.
Subject(s): Children; Snow; Childhood


I never care when my feet are wet,
Though grown-ups worry so;
I never trouble how cold I get,
I'm tougher 'n people know.
And the coldest kind of a day just suits,—
But I hate when snow gets into my boots.

I like it often to storm and blow,
And not every day be fair.
I run and jump in the deepest snow:
When a snowball hits me square
I ain't the kind that hollers and scoots,—
But I hate when snow gets into my boots.

I'd never button my coat at all
If people would let me be.
I ain't afraid when I slip and fall
In snowdrifts up to my knee.
And the drifts in front of our houses are beauts!—
But I hate when snow gets into my boots.





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