Language of a Love Bug
by Danielle Rutledge
Ring around the rosie
Pocket full of posie
Ashes ashes we all fall down
Did you know this is a song is debatably about polio?
Little Miss Muffett is a nursery rhyme about a little girl who is frightened by a spider.
Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater had a wife and couldn’t keep her so put her in a pumpkin shell and there he kept her very well.
Humpty Dumpty was unfixable.
Duck, duck, GOOSE! I love duck and geese, really I do, but I would rather be called a unicorn, bunny, kitty, doggy or something fuzzy, friendly and fun.
These are the nursery rhymes I grew up learning. Do they feel sad and depressing to you? Do they make you think happy thoughts? No? Me either. I was taught these in school and we sang them daily. Did they contribute to me obtaining and believing in limiting and negative thoughts? I believe it’s very possible. I believe that all of the little things that fed my imagination also created my inner and outer reality.
Yes, they are just a nursery rhyme. But are they really just that? They are words and thoughts that occupy our time and if we can encourage children to look for the love even in a nursery rhyme than we’ve set a stepping stone for them to choose love in the bigger picture.
When choosing books, songs, rhymes, stories and such to share with your children be aware of what it is going to encourage your child to think. If "Ring Around the Rosie," isn’t about polio than what is it about? Do I feel like it encourages my child to think happy thoughts? Well it doesn’t hurt because they don’t know. They are perfectly content running in a circle screaming at the top of their lungs no matter the verbiage. However, I personally feel that whether there is truth to this urban legend or not I would rather the children sing something else. I would rather them sing something to uplift their mood and that will encourage them to think more lovingly and positively even if it is subconsciously through a rhyme or song. We can choose love as our language in the smallest of ways.
I am a Love Bug, yes I am
Grab my little Love Bug hand.
Circle, circle here we go
Skip, hop, jump, go with the flow.
I’m a happy, healthy, funny, silly Love Bug.
Let’s stop real quick for a Love Bug hug.
Reference: Ring Around the Rosie:
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