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Nursery Rhymes

Kimbee Baby ThingsThere are many children’s nursery rhymes out there new and old. Have you ever wondered what they mean?

A ring, a ring o’ roses

  • A ring, a ring o’ roses,
  • A pocket full o’posies.
  • Atishoo atishoo.
  • We all fall down
  • A ring, a ring o’ roses,
  • A pocketful of posies.
  • Ashes, ashes.
  • We all fall down.

I am are sure every one of us must have joined hands together with our friends and turned around in circles singing this popular nursery rhyme – Ring a Ring o’ Roses. Children have been singing A Ring, a Ring o’ Roses since 1881 when the first version was printed.

It is often suggested that the rhyme relates to the symptoms of the great plague, which happened in England in 1665 or with earlier outbreaks of the Black Death in England.

A rosy rash, they allege, was a symptom of the plague, posies of herbs were carried as protection and to ward off the smell of the disease. Sneezing or coughing was a final fatal symptom, and ‘all fall down’ was exactly what happened.

The line Ashes, Ashes in alternative versions of the rhyme is claimed to refer variously to cremation of the bodies.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

  • Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
  • Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
  • All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
  • Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, probably originally a riddle and one of the best known in the English-speaking world. He is typically portrayed as an egg and has appeared or been referred to in a large number of works of literature and popular culture.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the term “humpty dumpty” referred to a drink of brandy boiled with ale in the seventeenth century. The riddle probably exploited, for misdirection, the fact that “humpty dumpty” was also eighteenth-century repeated slang for a short and clumsy person. The riddle may depend on the assumption that, whereas a clumsy person falling off a wall might not be irreparably damaged, an egg would be. The rhyme is no longer posed as a riddle, since the answer is now so well known.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

  • Baa, baa, black sheep,
  • Have you any wool?
  • Yes sir, yes sir,
  • Three bags full.
  • One for my master,
  • One for my dame,
  • And one for the little boy
  • Who lives down the lane.

This rhyme from the middle ages tells of the problems farmers had when much of the land inEngland was used purely for the rearing of sheep. The boy in the rhyme most probably represented the general population who were left with whatever money was remaining after the King (the master) and the Dame (the wool merchants) had taken their ‘share’.


Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle Diddle

  • Hey diddle diddle,
  • The cat and the fiddle,
  • The cow jumped over the moon,
  • The little dog laughed to see such sport,
  • To which the dish ran away with the spoon.

Hey diddle diddle is a fantasy rhyme designed to delight children with impossible images such “the Cow jumped over the Moon”!

Hey Diddle Diddle is thought to have originated during Elizabethan times as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth I and her love of dancing and music. Queen Elizabeth is represented by the cat and the fiddle represented her enjoyment of the music played on this instrument.

The original title was known as ‘High Diddle Diddle’ but has been changed to ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ during the course of time.

There are many versions of these nursery rhymes in all languages? What are your favourites?

Joanne @Kimbee

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Family Quotes

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We love quotes in our house, and especially family quotes, we’d like to share our favorites with you:

  1. A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. – Cardinal Mermillod
  2. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Author Unknown
  3. In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. –  Eva Burrows
  4. A boy’s best friend is his mother. – Joseph Stefano
  5. The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart. – Mencius
  6. A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “Where mother is.” — Keith L. Brooks
  7. Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. – Virginia Satir
  8. I think people that have a brother or sister don’t realise how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there’s always somebody there, somebody that’s family. – Trey Parker
  9. To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language. – Arlene Benedict
  10. Doubly rich is the man still boyish enough to play, laugh and sing as he carries and emanates sunshine along a friendly road. – Charles R. Wiers
  11. You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.– William D. Tammeus
  12. It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping. – John Sinor
  13. Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart. – Mandy Harrison
  14. A happy family is but an earlier heaven. – John Bowring
  15. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. – Tenneva Jordan
  16. A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. — Victor Hugo
  17. Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. – Toni Morrison
  18. I’d rather be a mother than anyone on earth,
    Bringing up a child or two of unpretentious birth…
    I’d rather tuck a little child all safe and sound in bed,
    than twine a chain of diamonds about my [carefree] head.
    I’d rather wash a smudgy face with round, bright, baby eyes,
    than paint the pageantry of fame or walk among the wise. – Meredith Gray
  19. A father carries pictures where his money used to be. – Author Unknown
  20. Don’t demand respect as a parent. Demand civility and insist on honesty. But respect is something you must earn — with kids as well as with adults. – William Attwood

Let us know your favourite quotes; we’d love to hear from you.

Joanne @Kimbee

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