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Pre-judice

Recently, my daughter asked me to check whether it was really Johney Flynn ๐Ÿ‘ฆ who drowned the cat ๐Ÿˆ(Ding-Dong-Bell-Pussy-in-the-well fame). All of a sudden, I started wondering how we can be sure of certain facts told in Nursery Rhymes.

I mean, the cat ๐Ÿˆ could certainly not tell who threw her in the well and this Johney Flynn ๐Ÿ‘ฆ doesnot seem like a I-cannot-tell-a-lie kind of person. So, it is simply Tommy Stout’s word against his. Yet, through the centuries of this rhyme’s existence (first recorded in 1580 AD), we continue to blame him for being ‘a naughty boy who drowned a poor pussy cat’. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was bullied as a cat drowner and grew up to be an emotionally defunct serial-cat-murderer, seeking revenge for the unjustified blame.

Similarly, people speak of Humpty Dumpty ๐Ÿฅš as a careless egg who sat on a wall and fell. Nobody cared to explain why king’s horses ๐ŸŽ and men ๐Ÿ‘ฎ were involved in trying to put it together. Was he a kin of the king? Was he a victim of a conspiracy? Did someone push him off the wall?

And what about Jack and Gill ๐Ÿ‘ซ? How did they fall? How can we merrily sing about someone breaking their head ๐Ÿค•?

All these questions have taken away my faith from all the nursery rhymes I have ever read. I fear a conspiracy behind every story now. I am scared someday someone will tell me that Santa Claus ๐ŸŽ… doesnot exist…

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I am an Instructional Designer, avid reader, small-town woman and working mother with a fish-eye perspective. I have just published my first book, The Forest Bed and other short stories. If you like my stories on this blog, feel free to Like, Comment, Reblog and Share. You can reach me at shailygrwl@gmail.com or through my Facebook page facebook.com/shailyagrawalwrites/

4 thoughts on “Pre-judice

  1. I’ve wondered about why Jack and Jill had to go up the hill in the first place. Seems like an unusual place to dig a well…
    Did Humpty fall or was he pushed by a disgruntled King’s man on horseback? The same guy who would be in charge of “putting him back together?”
    I grew up with a watered-down version of Ding Dong Dell and Jack Stout saved the kitty from drowning.

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  2. Many of those traditional rhymes don’t translate too well into the modern world. Best to just forget your dissection of them, and simply enjoy the songs. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete! There is a part of my brain I cannot shut down. It keeps on drumming these things in my head. It questions everything we take for granted. It is great for my job but I specially hate it when I’m watching movies. No logic, no fun…no movie! ๐Ÿ˜

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