Once upon a time
Not long ago"
I just read a book of nursery rhymes to my kid at bedtime when it struck me: Why do we read these horrible stories to our kids?? Reading stories like these do not encourage visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Rather, I imagine a nightmare coming on- for either her or me. These stories are all so violent!!
I know a story like "sticks and stones" might teach a lesson: screw 'em! But what exactly does the sad Old Mother Hubbard story teach? That's the saddest one of all. The cupboard was bare, so the poor doggie had no bone. So sad.
-Jack and Jill... Jack fell down and broke his crown, Jill came tumbling after?? WTF?? So the lesson is don't fall down a hill whilst fetching a pail of water??
-There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.... perhaps she'll die???
-Rock-a-bye baby on the treetop....down will come baby, cradle and all!!!
-Old lady in the shoe. We all know this title, but here's the whole rhyme:
"There was an old lady who lived in a shoe
She had so many children she didn't know what to do
She gave them all broth without any bread
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed"
Sugar and spice and everything nice is what little girls are made of. Actually, this one is true. There's a little girl sleeping upstairs who can prove it.
By the way, I'd freak out if my dish ran away with the spoon!!!