Friday, January 11, 2013

What's Up With The #Old Man? It's #Raining. It's Pouring.

Mud Puddle Stompers by: clappstar
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January 11

National
Step In A Puddle 
and
Splash Your Friends Day

It think it so interesting that this was the topic for today. I arise at 6am every morning to write my blog posting. This morning I arose to find it was raining outside and had been throughout the night. It is supposed to be clear this afternoon. I think the local kids are going to celebrate this day without knowing it is a national holiday. Go ahead kids. Have fun! 

Have you ever thought about the nursery rhymes we sing to our children? Most of them have become cliche. Cliche is when something that is said or written had lost it's meaning over time. Nursery rhymes are poems and songs that parents sing or tell their children. Their origins go as far back as the Middle Ages in England. Some were written down in 16th century English plays but the majority of nursery rhymes never made it to print until the 18th century. It wasn't until the 19th century when the nursery rhymes spread to other countries, including the United States. The lines in any given nursery rhyme use to have meaning to their intended target. Much like a proverb or the moral of the story, the rhyme taught young children valuable life lessons. You can read more about the lessons learned in theses rhymes at http://brainz.org/24-terrifying-thoughtful-and-absurd-nursery-rhymes-children/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nursery_rhyme

What's Up With The Old Man?
India by Dennis Jarvis
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It's raining, it's pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn't get up in the morning.
-English Nursery Rhyme


We've all know the song and have probably sung this song. It doesn't surprise me that the English wrote this song. The English are very familiar with rain. But what does this nursery rhyme mean?

This nursery rhyme is one of the youngest. It was not known in the United States until the mid-twentieth century. There are two version of this song. In the second version "Fell out of bed" replaces "Bumped his head." The song was noted by Charles Ives (1874–1954) in 1939 and was copy written by Freda Selicoff in 1944. There have been several suggestions as what the meaning of the song might be but no ones knows if the man in the song died or not. You can read more about it at http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2009/09/09/did-the-old-man-in-its-raining-its-pouring-die/












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