Hi! J here. Jamie blogged about poetry on Monday and that inspired me to share with you all a project that I’ve had on the back burner for quite a while. I have 3 year old twin boys and a 6 year old niece. Over the last 6 years, I have read more nursery rhymes and fairy tales than I can count and mostly, they are terrible!
Example: Rub a dub dub, 3 men in a tub, who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, all heading out to sea. Really?! Come on! 3 men in a tub might have been reasonable fare at one time, but it’s pretty ridiculous now.
How about the Princess and the Pea. In this one, the king opens the door on a rainy night to find a rag-a-muffin standing outside claiming to be a princess. They test her by putting a pea at the bottom of 15 mattresses. Since she’s bruised in the morning, she must be a princess. What is that about?! Let’s torment our guests to see if they’re telling the truth? And don’t get me started on the idea of a king opening his own door. Can you say butler?
And even though Disney/Pixar/WB has done a decent job with princesses lately, I’m still quite tired of our princesses waiting to be rescued by Prince Charming. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella all have no character develpment of the hero. None. He doesn’t even have a name! Could be the same charming fella rescues them all and has some kind of harem!
I know these were written ages ago as cautionary tales for kids, but I think they need serious updating. This brings me to my back-burnered project and today’s secret: I’ve started to write a collection of new nursery rhymes and I want to do an updated collection of fairy tales. Unfortunately, I’m not a very good poet. I have always hated poetry and it’s tough to write. Click here to read my first nursery rhyme.
Today’s question: What is your favorite fairy tale? Mine is The Little Mermaid.