happily ever after…. not

There were some troubled people writing nursery rhymes and fairy tales for children. Cats in wells, broken crowns, lost sheep. Big bad wolves and crazy axemen killing them. Nasty old bags trying to cook children in the oven, poison apples, children all dropping down dead from bubonic plague. And my personal favourite, the little matchstick girl, homeless and freezing to death on christmas eve. No wonder so many people my age are in therapy. I always wondered if the owl and the pussycat made it to land safely in their beautiful pea green boat. And of course there's poor old humpty dumpty. There he is sky larking around on the wall. I guess his mother never told him that it's always fun until someone gets hurt. But he's not just hurt, he's dead. He couldn't be put back together again. And the kings men are trying to warn him. And I know humpty probably didn't run with the gingerbread men but I needed something to put in the background. I made this one using photos I took at some gardens.


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7 thoughts on “happily ever after…. not

  1. yeah, now that you mention it, those are tales of woe and destruction, not happily-ever-after. ahh, better to teach 'em young about the realities of the world, eh? (p.s. take whatever i say with a grain of salt. my cynicism, albeit well founded, knows no bounds …)

  2. I read somewhere that originally fairy tales were wrote for adults and usually the moral of the stories had something to do with the hardships and/or events that happened at the time. Take Hansel and Grethel for instance, a lot of that story has to do with hunger and according to history the famine was so bad at the time that there was actually instances of families taking children into the woods and leaving them. The original stories were even more horrific then the Grimm Brothers versions, threw time they have been watered down and edited with children in mind instead of the adult audience they were originally told to. The history of fables, fairy tales and legends is fascinating to say the least.

  3. same as ring a ring a rosie, a pocketful of posie, a tishoo, a tishoo, we all fall down. When I was singing that little ditty as a kid I had no idea it was about people sneezing and dying from the bubonic plague.

  4. I hadnt heard the one about ring around the rosie, i dont even remember the tishoo part being in it, i guess by the time i learned it, it had already been edited out.

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