Propers [What’s in a Proper’s Name?]
The following poem was written by Nathan Proper for the 1989 Proper Clan Reunion Newsletter. He was 14 at the time. Your job during this reunion is to continue the poem from where he left off down the family line to you and your children and grandchildren.
Once upon a proper time
there was a proper Proper
He married a woman who wasn’t quite so proper,
just on the brink—VandenBrink!
They had three little proper Propers
just as was proper.
The oldest was graceful—so was called Grace.
The next one always followed Grace around
so they called him Her—man.
Then came one whose hair always bounced
so they called him Bob.
After that they had enough of being proper
so they sold their property in their proper country—
Holland—and went to sail to Canada
–or fall over the BRINK of the world.
They got new property in Canada
and went back to being proper.
They got another little girl who always walked all over the place
so they called her Free—da.
After a long time as was proper
Grace stopped being proper
and married a Hocken—barely.
Herman fell head over heels in love with Van Oofen
and he became Her—man.
Bob decided to stay proper
and married a Neutral.
But Free—da wasn’t proper
and didn’t want to be like big brodders Her—man and Bob
so she married a Van Arrogant.
Now the two proper seniors are having a proper reunion.
Everyone must be proper
on their property
as is proper.
No being Arrogant, Neutral, Oofen, or Hocken—barely