Ali has a new “musical nursery rhyme” CD that is her new favorite obsession.
When we got in the car yesterday, Ali begged me to “please play new CD!!”, so I put it in, and the following song started off . . .
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 some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
Ali, thrilled that I was playing her new CD, broke in at this point and in her most thankful voice, said “Thank YOU Mommy!!”
Goosey goosey gander, whither shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs in my lady’s chamber.
There I met an old man who would not say his prayers,
I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs.
Ali: “Yay New CD!!”
Besides these two, other features of the CD are:
- the knave of hearts getting beaten until he was full sore,
- a baby falling from the tree top, cradle and all,
- a dog starving to death because the cupboard was bare,
- two kids falling down a hill and breaking their crown,
- an egg falling off a wall and smashing to pieces,
- and kittens crying because they lost their mittens and were punished by getting no pie.
Maybe the strategy here is to tell your kids these horror stories called “nursery rhymes” to let them know how good they have it?
“See, Ali? Mommy has never whipped you soundly and sent you to bed without any food because she felt overwhelmed.”
Or, when Ali starts asking for a little sister – “But you don’t want Mommy to turn into the old lady in the shoe, who had so many kids she didn’t know what to do. . . “