Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said 'What a good boy am I!'
WTF does that mean? I mean, can most young parents today even recite a complete nursery rhyme? I know I can't.
I have come to notice that when my mother or my mother-in-law (the grandmothers) come to play with Leighton that I often hear sing-songy, rhymy chantings coming from the playroom. My response? "Are you making that up?!" Sometimes there is a familiar tone to the little songs or rhymes, but frankly, I'm not a sing-songy, sacrifice-myself-on-the-altar-of-dignity kind of mom.
The little tunes that our parents sang to us are becoming a lost art form. Is it tragic? A little, just as any loss of history and tradition is. Since research has shown that classical music is beneficial for children, most children's toys play more classical than they do the tunes to old-timey children's songs. When my mother-in-law was putting on Leighton's socks, I heard "Diddle diddle dumpling my son John, one sock off and one sock on..." coming from the bathroom. I said, "Did you just make that up?" She had in fact taken a classic nursery rhyme and put her own spin on it to apply to what they were doing, but when I hear these things, I wonder, "Am I a bad parent for not continuing these traditions?" I would have just said, "Leighton, let's put your socks."
I mean frankly, none of those old nursery rhymes really make sense. I mentioned this to my mother-in-law who said, "They're so stupid. We just repeated them because they rhymed. It took your generation to realize how stupid they are."
It all leaves me wondering if any other parents of my generation are carrying on the tradition, or are we all just letting it die... letting it get replaced by what researchers tell us is better for our children (or what they're telling us is good for our kids that week before they change their minds). What do you think? Do you know what Little Hack Horner did with his thumb? I'm not sure if I want to...
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Cyndi M. Frick
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