Ah, Friday already! I'll begin with my wee story for the Loose Bloggers Consortium; this group of writers are awesome. A word or phrase is given and each week, we write about it. Check out the wonderful blogs of the other members:
- Conrad of www.levintel.com
- A Creative Writer in Progress
- Change of Heart Stress Solutions
- gaelikaa's Diary
- I truly am dumber than Einstein
- Magpie 11
- Ramana's Musings
- The Silver Fox Whispers
The PC brigade, of whom I have met several members, have decided that nursery rhymes have to 'clean up their act'! 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' with his three meagre bags of fine merino wool is to become 'baa baa rainbow sheep' better get used to non-dyed, rainbow jumpers from now on, girlfriend, Humpty Dumpty, our horizontally challenged friend gets put back together again, no doubt with the help of all the King's horses watch where you're putting that hoof, mate! and all the King's men except they're on their allocated tea break and then they have an hour of diversity workshops to get through. I assume Little Bo Peep will have that staff taken off her for breaching ''elf and safety" procedures; either that or arrested for leaving those poor little sheep alone for all of five minutes; "find their own way 'ome? Are you MAD??".
The reasons are varied; a 'black' sheep apparently alienates young black children and humpty getting smashed not in the drunken variety...now that would be a good nursery rhyme upsets the youngsters sensitive sensibilities. This is complete and utter nonsense. Ask a child...any child...what they think of these nursery rhymes and the answers will be varied but I can guarantee that no child was scarred or left shivering in a corner, greetin' their eyes out because Humpty got yolked.
Regardless of whether you agree that the world should continue on it's PC road or not, it is not children that fuel the fire, it is adults. My opinion on political correctness is varied; I'm glad certain derogatory terms are no longer tolerated but the child given a warning by the police this is only one example of many for drawing a chalk game on the road is ludicrous.
Nursery rhymes are dark, they were ways of spreading the word, news of disease; Ring a Ring a Roses is about the plague although some dispute this... the King's policies; Jack and Jill is to do with taxes, alcohol and politics. Of course, children have no interest in the meaning, until they get older and ask. By trying to make everything cosy and wonderful, children learn nothing. We may not want to fill their little heads with the ills of the world but when they have the capacity to ask, then we tell them the truth; kids don't need sugar coating with everything-they are perfectly capable of coping and learning without pain and fear.
I have a full house of weans, wummin and weirdos tonight I mean that with love so my receipt and recipes will follow. Have a wonderful weekend!