Today on Guest Spot Sunday, I wanted to talk about Michelle Devon's blog entry from December 12th, "Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?"
I got a good laugh from her observations on fairy tales, especially the part where she wonders what the heck ol' Humpty Dumpty was doing on that wall in the first place?
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
There's a lot of history associated with Humpty Dumpty. It may be the most easily recognizable of the nursery rhymes and it permeates our popular culture, including his appearance in Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.
It might have been written a hundred times, easily, on that enormous face. Humpty Dumpty was sitting with his legs crossed, like a Turk, on the top of a high wall— such a narrow one that Alice quite wondered how he could keep his balance— and, as his eyes were steadily fixed in the opposite direction, and he didn’t take the least notice of her, she thought he must be a stuffed figure after all.
‘And how exactly like an egg he is!’ she said aloud, standing with her hands ready to catch him, for she was every moment expecting him to fall.
‘It’s very provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ‘to be called an egg—very!’ (p. 76)
Michelle has a fun post with plenty of thought provoking points about the nursery rhymes we heard as children. Check it out!