>Not so “nursery” rhymes

>Nursery rhymes, we were all taught them as kids and then promptly forgot them once we reached Jr. High school.

I thought, “I should brush up on my nursery rhymes, Loren is going to need to know them.” I don’t want her to be the only child in preschool who hasn’t ever heard of Humpty Dumpty or Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

To aid in my re-learning of nursery rhymes I bought a CD that both Loren and I could listen to in the car. It’s nice child friendly music for her and a brush up course for me. Win/win, right?

That’s what I thought until I started to really pay attention to the lyrics of the nursery rhymes. Some of them are fun and fanciful. However, some of them are not child appropriate. Let me re-educate you in the world of nursery rhymes. Here are some select quotes from some of these delightful rhymes we teach children.

First, Sing A Song of Sixpence, oh don’t worry only the maid gets it in the end the king is ok!

“The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!”

Second, Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater, this guy is just into spousal abuse no biggie!

Peter Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her!
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well!

Third, Rub-a-dub-dub, do we really know why these three are in a tub together?

Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three men in a tub,
And who do you think were there?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker,
And all of them gone to the fair.

And that doesn’t even touch all the nursery rhymes in which people either die are get seriously injured such as Humpty Dumpty, It’s raining its pouring, Jack and Jill, and Simple Simon.

Its really amazing we don’t all turn out to be serial killers.


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