Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grandma Coco: Poet Laureate of the Kingdom of Coco!

Today’s a big day here in the Kingdom of Coco. Our quilt, Supermarket Showdown, is being featured on The Wednesday Quilt Show over on Jenifer’s blog, Forty-two Quilts. (Such a good idea BTW to have a virtual quilt show….especially since the Kingdom of Coco is a little remote….not to mention snow-bound today.)

Copyright © Cheryl Coville 2006

Supermarket Showdown was juried into the Grand National Quilt show at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in 2006. The quilt is hand appliquéd, hand embroidered and hand quilted. It measures 25” x 30” and hangs in our kitchen right now. The theme for the show was Wild Life. Get it? You can’t get much wilder than little kids.  :)

From the catalogue:
“I’m always amazed by those mothers I see grocery shopping with their youngsters. They remind me of lion tamers at the circus – only braver still since they wrangle those wild wee beasties with only bare hands and their wits.”

In her first official offering as the (self-proclaimed) Poet Laureate of the Kingdom of Coco, Grandma Coco says if you’re a young mother (or father!) who shops with little kids, this one’s for you!

Supermarket Showdown

When I go with Mom to the grocery store
There’s always so much that I want to explore.
Shiny jars and slippery cans,
Weird green zucchinis and yucky old yams.
Candies, cookies, frozen treats.
Oh, Mom! Can I? Can I? Can I, please?

When I go with Mom to the grocery store
We’re hardly inside when she starts to roar,
“Put that down! Don’t touch that! Quit hitting your sister!
You’re really in trouble. I’m warning you, mister.”
Who took my mommy? Where did she go?
This woman’s a meany. It’s all “No, no and NO!”

When I go with Mom to the grocery store
I’m in the cart. It’s not fun anymore.
Cooped up behind bars while my sister runs free.
“Aw, please, Mom,” I wheedle, “I’ll be good. You’ll see.
It’s cramped in this buggy. There isn’t much room.
There’s no one to play with and nothing to do.”

When I go with Mom to the grocery store
I sit in this cart. It’s a terrible bore.
I try to be good. I honestly do.
I check with the baby. He’s stuck in here, too!
Oh, look! Here’s a bag that’s all shiny and bright.
It’s crinkly and tinkly … oops! I’m in trouble alright!

Copyright © Cheryl Coville 2006


  1. I love this quilt. Yes, it is just like that going shopping with young children.
    Mine are now grown up, but I really sympathise with the parents of youngsters as they try and get the weekly shopping done without having any disasters along the way.

  2. What a cute quilt! I think most moms can relate, but I sure wouldn't have thought to put it in a quilt! Great job!


  3. Hi Mandy and LaDonna,
    Thank you both for taking the time to comment. It's lovely to get feedback....especially if it's complimentary. :)


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