You Get What You Get


When ML was a preschooler, her teachers said, “You get what you get and you don’t fuss a bit.”

When I saw a book entitled, You Get What You Get by Julie A. Gassman and illustrated by Sarah Horne was on order for the library system, I immediately put a request on the book. I wanted us to be the first to read it. It is laugh out loud funny. My coworkers and I howled at the service desk. If somebody tried to shush us, we would have handed over the book and dared them not to laugh.

Melvin throws a fit at home whenever something doesn’t go his way. But when he enters school, he can’t throw fits because the school rule is, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” He’s determined not to share this rule with his family. But like ML and most first graders, it’s hard to keep things secret. When his sister is unhappy about something, Melvin shouts, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” His family’s eyes are wide and surprised. They ask “What did you just say?”

Once again a book reminded us of Papa. His middle name is Melvin; something ML did not know.

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