F21 lace dress& cardigan. Pembrook. Please exuse the angry/grumpy expression. Western Union ruined My Day!
So few days back at the laundromat, clothes in the dryer. After, giving up trying to understand the spanish drama on tv(it's always on the spanish channel?For crying out loud its a Korean laundromat!). I decided to sift throught the pile of magazine assuming its left by people like me, for, people like me to kill time. Ofcourse, I picked the only thing that was in English. Book of Nursery rhymes. Going over the pages inside, rekindling my kindergarten years. Suddenly a thought occured to me. WOW some of these are really violent.
"Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after”
Jack broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after? Was Jack ok? Did Jill break her crown too? How'd they fall did they slip? Were they rescued?
And this one is even more horrifying.
“Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.“
What on earth was the cradle doing on the tree top??? Did the wind blow strong enough to break the bough causing the cradle to fall???? Wouldn't you call this Child Endangerment? I'm suprised none of these poems were banned. Instead we "Literally" sang it along with our teachers. I wonder if these poems are still taught.
Ok. I did a lil research, the only way I know, I Googled it.
It seems that these Nursery rhymes have connection with history.
The roots of the story, or poem, of Jack and Jill are in France. Jack and Jill referred to are said to be King Louis XVI - Jack -who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette - Jill - (who came tumbling after). The words and lyrics to the Jack and Jill poem were made more acceptable as a story for children by providing a happy ending! The actual beheadings occurred in during the Reign of Terror in 1793. The first publication date for the lyrics of Jack and Jill rhyme is 1795 - which ties-in with the history and origins. The Jack and Jill poem is also known as Jack and Gill - the mis-spelling of Gill is not uncommon in nursery rhymes as they are usually passed from generation to generation by word of mouth.
Hmm I don't remember being filled in on this, in World history class. Must have been Absent.
There you have it, this months. Did You Know?
Ciao for now
Ps: Distracted by Re-runs on Madmen. Research on Rock a Baby Bye will have to wait.