Revisiting the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe: A Primer on Planned Parenting

05/21/2011 05:00 pm ET | Updated Oct 19, 2011

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do.
She had a young neighbor who lived in a house,
Who was wise as an owl -- not timid as a mouse.
The young woman knew what her path would demand,
So she took great precaution, you heard right, SHE PLANNED!
She studied in school, she went on to college, she got birth control along with her knowledge.
Controlling fertility was part of her plan,
And she waited to parent 'til she found the right man.
She found him when she was already a doctor,
Her family was planned -- no pregnancy shocked her.
One day came a cry from the shoe next door!
The little old woman was dead on the floor.
The children were weeping, hungry and cold,
And they mourned their poor mother, who only looked old.
The doctor came knocking with her children two,
And saw in a flash what she had to do:
She fed the poor children and gave them advice:
Plan your futures, my dears, don't roll the dice!
The day will come soon when you too are grown,
Don't plant willy-nilly your seeds as they're sown!
It's nicer to live in a house not a shoe,
So I'll tell you all now what you need to do:
Stay in school, be careful, find a partner who's good,
And before you make love, visit Planned Parenthood!