Wednesday, September 22, 2010

That's why they call the Brothers Grimm

Now that we have a 9-month old son, it bothers me a lot that most nursery rhymes are gruesome. I discovered this after purchasing a CD of nursery rhymes for Malik. We were happily playing to the tune of what appeared to be the happiest of songs, until I zeroed in on the lyrics! Some examples -

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
She swallowed a fly, I don't know why
Perhaps she'll die

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children will burn

Rock a bye baby falling from a tree top, Jack and Jill rolling of a hill, Humpty Dumpty falling from a wall ... They're all very bleak! Nyii.

Now that I know, I listen intently to the nursery rhymes playing in the background while Malik and I play, and skip those parts where the lyrics ought to be screenplay for CSI. Nevermind that Malik won't be learning some nursery rhymes. He's a baby. He shouldn't be hearing about old ladies dying out of swallowing flies!

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