A trip to Vancouver


Who came up with those freaky Mother Goose rhymes anyway? As I'm sitting here, enjoying some "me" time, sneakily listening through the monitor to Dan's bedtime stories with Willis, I hear him reciting a book we have up there...."There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don't know why she swallowed a fly...I guess she'll die"
Seriously, what kind of moral lesson is this rhyme teaching my child? I just googled the lyrics and it doesn't get any better. I'm not getting it. Basically it's teaching Willis to not eat bugs or mammals in any order, even if they wiggle and jiggle and tickle inside him. I guess it's teaching him to avoid gluttony and mere stupidity...so maybe it's not so bad after all.
He catches on very quickly. Now when I sing the "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed" song and I say: "Momma called the doctor and the doctor said", he finishes it off with "no jumping on bed!" It's kinda cute.
This reminds me of something my sister informed me about that said if he can recite at least 4 nursery rhymes by the time he's three or four or something then he'll already have developed necessary reading skills....something like that. Could you refresh my memory, Ky on that study????
Anyway, the nursery rhymes are quite humorous and really, I'll do practically anything just to hear that heart melting giggle escape from my little boy.


  1. Hey - what's wrong with that book? I got that for him! It's one of my favourities - and it's a song too - even better!!

  2. Jon had the same reaction to Rylie's Fred Penner CD. Have you ever actually listened to the lyrics to "The Cat Came Back"? Serious animal cruelty.


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