My Mom says “Be nice to everyone”
So it should come as no surprise
That my family and my friends
Come in every color, shape and size
For instance, there is Marty
Who‘s from Chicago, Illinois—
He doesn’t do his homework,
But he’s a very charming boy!
And then there is Maria
She’s from Mexico you know
She has a lovely accent
And her words all seem to flow!
The boy next door is Pablo
His parents came from Cuba–
And Vanessa is the skinny girl
Who just got here from Aruba!
Pete’s my buddy and oldest pal–
His friendship’s loyal and true
So when others “just don’t get it—“
Here’s exactly what I “do”—
I say, “He helps me with my homework”
And “he picks me up from school”
But lots of folks still laugh and point–
Some kids can be so cruel!
All eyes go wide, and mouths gape open
When we walk into a store
The owner’s got a piercing glare
Like –he’s never seen an orangutan before!
Mom and Dad-they brought him home
Before I was even born
They taught him how to cook and clean
And do house chores every morn!
We love to play our video games
With Mario, Elvia and Janet
And after dinner we watch t.v.
All Pete’s favorites on Animal Planet!
He’s as nice a guy as you’ll ever meet
He’s a “gentleman and a scholar”
So you’ll understand my anger
When I’m asked about a “collar”?
But Pete just takes it all in stride
Their ignorance doesn’t phase him,
They don’t understand our kinship–
So, this is what I say to them:
My daddy is the zookeeper
My mama is a vet
My brother is an orangutan
And I’m the family PET!
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