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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Humpty Dumpty

This story goes back to when my daughter was about three years old - more than ten years ago.  Ancient history.  I used to read my kids nursery rhymes when they were that age, so of course they knew all about Little Miss Muffet, Little Boy Blue, and Humpty Dumpty.

My daughter had a particular affinity to Humpty Dumpty. Perhaps it was because of her stuffed Humpty Dumpty which she slept with every night.  Anyway, she was not very happy when she learned that Humpty fell off a wall and could not be repaired.

One day, as she was driving with her grandparents and discussing the plight of Humpty, she burst into tears.

"What's wrong?" Grandpa asked. "Humpty isn't real.  It's just a story."

"But Grandpa, he is real. And nobody ever called 911.  They just left him there to die."

Poor Humpty!

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  1. I hope you never sang "Rock-a-bye Baby" to her! Poor thing.

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    1. I did. But she didn't seem to be too concerned about a baby falling out of a tree. (Isn't that the oddest lullaby?)

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  2. Oh, she's so right - that nursery rhyme used to make me sad, too! Someone SHOULD have called 911 :)

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    1. Maybe they didn't have 911 back then. ;0)

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  3. Oh! Little girls can be so sensitive and compassionate. I'm honestly befuddled as to what to do with my little girl's tender emotions sometimes. Do I straighten my shoulders and tell her to get it together, or hug her and encourage the behavior? I need a parenting manual. ;)

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  4. lol well at least they tried to put him back together again

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    1. Yes. 'Twas better than no effort at all!

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  5. We forget the imagination of a child can be a powerful thing.

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    1. Very true. What we adults see as obviously fictitious, is not so fictitious in a child's world.

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  6. Bless her, to her he was real and she also had a caring heart at such a young age.
    Yvonne.

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  7. Oh, the mind and heart of a child. How beautiful.

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  8. Awww...poor baby. She had her heart in the right place even so young.

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  9. Maybe you can rewrite the ending for her (-:

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  10. I never was blessed with children, but I do remember the rhymes and how those rhymes connected love. Children's minds are the best.
    Katy Did

    Life's Ride In Between

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  11. A kid with a big heart, and compassion. It happens. My daughter cried as she ate her first gingerbread man, head first, but she did eat it. I said, it's a cookie, cookie, not a person. . .

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    1. Aww. Poor kid. I hope she wasn't too traumatized by eating the cookie!

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  12. I had to Google who this Humpty was and what's the Dumpty about :) A fat egg man? That is slightly bizarre :)
    I mostly grew up on Russian and Slavic fairy tales when me was a little coon.

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    1. Haha! Yes, I suppose our American nursery rhymes about fat egg men and babies falling out of trees, are a little bizarre! Did you have any strange Russian fairy tales?

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    2. not really, most of Serbian, Slavic and Russian fairy tales are about princes, princesses, heroes, magical creatures and such things

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  13. Oh, so sad that she thought they should have fixed him, especially since he was her favorite little friend.

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    1. She was so concerned! At least her stuffed Humpty was all in one piece.

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  14. Ah, that's such a cute story! Your daughter sounds like such a sweetheart!

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  15. LOL! Great story!!

    I used to wonder why we told nursery rhymes to kids. They're so violent. Just look at goosey goosey gander. "There I met an old man who would not say his prayers, So I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs." Ring around the rosies is a game inspired by the plague. And don't get me started on the extra verses of Little Bo Peep. The tails of her lambs get nailed to a tree!!

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    1. Maybe we need a new book of nursery rhymes!

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  16. So sweet of your daughter, she is right someone should have called 911 when Humpty fell.

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    1. Maybe that was before 911 was in effect.

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  17. Children are sometimes wise beyond their years.

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  18. The Ever After High series says that although all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together, all the king's women could, so he wasn't left to die in that universe, at least, haha!

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  19. hahahahaha! Humpty Dumpty lived before there was a 911 service?

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  20. I loved nursery rhymes as a child, and can still remember them. They're good for kids, and it proves that your daughter is intelligent having thought this one through. I can't imagine many kids thinking like that.
    Humpty is now an empty shell!

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    1. She's always been wise beyond her years.

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  21. That's so sweet (and sad). Maybe someone should update the story, hmmm? Those knights could use cell phones.

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  22. I she was there she would have saved him

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