Many people go to the psychologists or the liquor store to solve hardships in their lives that could have been avoided had they learned the messages in the nursery rhymes and fairy tales they heard as a chi ld. Mother Goose told young girls that no man wants a woman with a lot of kids. And if she has a lot of children without a good marriage she is likely to be poor abusive to her children. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children, she didn't know what to do; She gave them some broth without any bread; Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed. When the kids are finally grown and gone she will be a poor old woman by herself and probably will hardly be able to feed her dog. Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard. To get her poor doggie a bone. When she got there the cupboard was bare. So the poor little doggie had none.
Nursery rhymes prepare children and late blossoming adults for the real world but you have to know how to break them down. Unprepared people are more likely to end as beggars. We see them everywhere we look these days. We can’t get away from them, especially as the hol idays near.
Christmas is coming - the geese are getting fat, please to put a penny in the old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, a half penny will do. If you haven't got a half penny then God bless you! It’s ironic, most remember to say, God bless you but they didn’t remember to prepare.
Struggling single mothers who have men without jobs to be able to help in the house must not have been at school the day the other girls heard: Pat a cake, Pat a cake, baker man, bake me a cake as fast as you can; Pat it and prick it and mark is with a 'B', And put it in the oven for baby and me.
We all have overheard people gossiping in the market, on the bus etc. Then there are gossipers in our family, on the job, and everywhere else. The lesson against gossiping and spreading rumors was this: A wise old owl lived in an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
Finally, the ultimate lesson in life is how to be happy. Everyone should have learned and practiced the simple little tune that would have circumvented many falling outs between friends and neighbors.
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. Row, Row, Row Your Boat… Think about the lyrics and try to understand the message.
Now, whose boat are you supposed to row? Your boat! How are you to row your boat? Gently! Where? Down (not up) the stream! And what should be your attitude as you row your boat gently down the stream? Merrily! Merrily! Merrily! Then what kind of life can you expect? Life is but a dream!
Although most nursery rhymes and fairy tales have a deeper message, I sometimes wonder if the popularity of long blonde wigs and hair weaves are the offspring of the fairy tale “Rapunzel.” As the story goes, a witch locked a young beautiful girl in a tower and would call out, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your long hair,” then would climb up and feed her prisoner.
Soon a young prince, who had observed the action, called out to Rapunzel to do the same. The story ends with Rapunzel and the prince getting married. I see an awful lot of women with long artificial or dyed blonde locks, perhaps, in hope that someday their prince will come… Ha, get real! After all, it was only a fairy tale.
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