In a futile effort to calm Avery down one night, I pulled Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes off the shelf to recite to him. Even if he had calmed down at the sound of me reading, if he had been able to comprehend the words I was saying, he surely would have started sobbing in complete horror. How did I not know how vicious and horrible nursery rhymes are?
Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away home Your house is on fire and your children are gone All except one and that's little Ann And she has crept under the warming pan
Is this a sick joke someone is playing on Ladybird? First off, your house is on fire, so all of your possessions are destroyed. Next, your children have disappeared, we can only hope to safety. BUT, little Ann has taken refuge under the warming pan, surely to be burned to a crisp alive if she doesn't mercifully die from smoke inhalation first.
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone Oh where, oh where can he be? With his ears cut short and his tail cut long Oh where, oh where can he be?
I'll tell you where your freaking dog is, narrator. He's run the fuck away from you because you mutilate his ears and his tail. Probably one of those horrible show dog owners who clip their dog's vocal cords so they don't bark. It happens, people. Horrible.
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 broth without any bread She whipped them all soundly and put them to bed
You don't know what to do, old woman? How about having your tubes tied or buying condoms? That'll stop the child flow. That's much easier than your standard fare of starving them by giving them no carbs or beating them until they fall asleep.
Tom, tom, the piper's son stole a pig and away he run The pig was eat, and Tom was beat And Tom went howling down the street.
I actually don't mind this one too much. Sure, it's about beating kids, but you can't have your kids running around stealing livestock. Tom deserved that beating. Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater had a wife and couldn't keep her He put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well
First, this Peter fellow is known as one who eats pumpkins. So, that's weird. And he couldn't "keep" his wife, which probably means that she did weird things like have opinions or want to vote. What do you do with a crazy woman like that? Stuff her in some produce. But don't worry, she's kept very well. That'll show her.
And there are a plethora of others also involving animal mutilation. Three blind mice get their tails cut off with a carving knife. As if being legally blind isn't hard enough for a mouse, the poor things probably run all sideways now because their tail helps them with balance. And the last stanza of Little Bo Peep involves her finding her sheep, but they've left their tails behind them, making her heart bleed. Seriously, it says her heart bleeds. So, she's got a bunch of tail-less sheep running around, which has to be kinda messy. She'll never be able to sell those suckers.
So, I'll be reading these to Avery until he understands words and then this book is going to be chucked out of the window. I'd almost like him to listen to Glenn Beck than this crap. Almost.