The REAL truth about nursery rhymes.
Hidden messages within nursery rhymes.
You may have heard the famous nursery rhyme “Rock a bye baby” at some point in your life. The story is about a baby who was put into a cradle and tied to a tree. A severe storm passed through the town and knocked the baby in its cradle to the ground. Who would do such a terrible thing? The baby survived, but little did we know that this abuse did not go unnoticed,as the parents are now serving life in prison. Justice was served.
What about Little Bo Peep? This nursery rhyme was about a “little” girl who had to take care of some sheep with no adult supervision. From my understanding, she had lost her sheep quite often. Where were the parents when “little” Bo Peep was trying to tend to the sheep? They were probably watching another episode of “The Partridge Family” on television. I imagine that “little” Bo Peep received a big Bo “Bop” in the head when she came home with no sheep. Terrible, terrible, terrible.
Now, child abuse isn’t the only message that is hidden in nursery rhymes from those days. How about violence in the home? A farmer and wife came across three mice in their home. They all appeared to be chasing the wife, who was terribly afraid of mice. She ran to get a knife and chopped off their tails. I imagine that must have been horrifying to witness. The wife didn’t know that these poor mice were blind. They were running but had no idea where they were going. Oh, the poor little things. I believe that the hidden message can be interpreted as follows: if you run into something or someone who is different from you, just chop off something from their body.
When Things Get Rough at Home
Finally, it breaks my heart to write about this terrible story of a man named Peter. Many may know him by the name of “Pumpkin Eater.” He had a wife but ended up not being able to keep her. We are not sure of the reasons why he couldn’t keep her, but we do know that he put this poor woman in a pumpkin shell. Although he kept her very well, I can’t imagine how uncomfortable his wife felt all cramped up in the shell. For goodness sake people, what are we teaching our children? When things get a little rough at home, just get rid of the person causing the problem by sticking them in a fruit? Good thing he didn’t choose a watermelon. If anyone followed the story of Peter, he ended up remarrying. However, the question now remains, what ever happened to the first wife? If you read this nursery rhyme to your child, please beware that many questions will be very hard to provide answers to.
Some nursery rhymes appear to be clean from any horrific messages, but there are hundreds, even thousands that I feel should be banned from children’s reading material. The next time you sing or read a nursery rhyme to your precious bundle of joy, do a little research to see if there could have been a potential crime covered up in that story.
This article was written for amusement only. I don’t have any evidence that confirms the statements above. I made them up entirely.
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