I was thinking about the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’. I am feeling a bit like an egg these days. Difference though is that my physical body will be put back together, and like our friend Humpty…I will be missing a few parts. I have had a week where I got a cramp in my leg then bit my gum and it became swollen as a result. Oye!
I laughed this morning as I checked the swelling deciding that if I was going to come undone, might as well do all in one fell swoop then connect the dots once again. But it isn’t just me falling apart! I had the clog from hell in my bathroom sink that required a plumber and the brakes on my car are acting up. I just had them done in October of last year!
Well, we all know the old adage of when it rains it pours. Last night on my way home we had a monsoon taking place that somehow seemed appropriate.
So as I pondered the ‘Humpty Dumpty’ analogy I considered several popular nursery rhymes. They are usually not very happy are they? It seems awful things happen to the characters.
Just think about ‘Rock a Bye Baby’. Something rather morbid about this one. Who in the hell would put their baby in a tree for goodness sake? If that doesn’t have disaster written all over it I don’t know what does. We have ‘Jack & Jill’. Jack starts fooling around and falls and Jill likely gets tripped up by Jack and down the hill she goes as well. Then there’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ who are greedy little beggars that get themselves in a whole whack of trouble.
‘Red Riding Hood’ gets sidetracked by a wolf in grandma’s clothing, and ‘Goldilocks’ just barges into someone’s home and helps herself. These days that would be considered break and enter.
And is it any wonder that by the time we reach adulthood we’ve entered into therapy and can’t quite understand why we are so depressed?
I would imagine that these stories served a purpose and were in fact lessons in some sense. A way to teach the young ones of the day to be mindful. Yet the stories are still told.
I loved to read Robert Munsch books to my daughter when she was little. They were sweet, heartfelt stories. I used to make up stories about various statues around Vancouver. I told her the lights up at Grouse Mountain were Santa’s Workshop. (They actually do have a shack up there now stating as much)
So let’s do a quick breakdown the.
Goldilocks – Don’t break and enter, eat someones food then fall asleep in their bed! Just get the loot and go!
Red Riding Hood – Goodness girl! You don’t know what your own grandmother looked like? That’s just sad. If it looks like a wolf, it’s a wolf. Your grandma probably had no teeth and it’s likely she didn’t have that much fur…ahem, hair on her body. Pay attention!
Hansel & Gretel – See what a sugar high will do to you? You wanted more and end up being tricked by some old bat who wanted to make soup out of you.
Jack & Jill – Hey, if you are going to be toting a pail of water be mindful and watch your step!
Then we come back to Humpty Dumpty – If you’re an egghead, and a rather clumsy one at that, don’t go crawling up onto fences. ( I never quite understood why the King’s horses and men were trying to put him back together, though. Too bad the King didn’t have a good doctor on staff as then perhaps Humpty may have been reassembled).
And there you have it. If you’re going to fall apart ensure that you are put back together again by a good surgeon. And if you come away missing a few parts…that’s cool too. The most important thing is that you’re alive. And being a part of this energy we know as life is for me personally one of the most beautiful things in this world.
Have a great day everyone!