Emma and I have been watching Disney movies and listening to nursery rhymes a lot lately. I have a few observations that I just have to share with you.
1. Disney princesses come from screwy families.
Ariel and Belle have no mothers. Cinderella and Snow White are missing their fathers and raised by horrible step-mothers. Only Aurora and Rapunzel have both parents, but in both cases, some crazy lady has it out for them.
Why do we love these stories so much?
2. Some nursery rhymes are really morbid and spooky.
The rhythm and melody of a lot of these rhymes sound exactly like those of a fourth grader taunting another kid. "Hackett, Hackett, makes a lot of racket!" isn't so very different from "Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater."
The lyrics are what really gets me, though.
Peter, the pumpkin eater, couldn't manage to keep a wife until he put her in a pumpkin shell and "there he kept her very well." That sounds like an episode of Criminal Minds to me.
Even though "Four and twenty blackbirds (were) baked in a pie" they still manage to sing when the pie is open. Creepy. Then, the royal maid is outside hanging up the clothes, when "along came a blackbird and pecked off her nose." Really?!?! Is this a Hitchcock film?
What about the old man who is snoring while it's raining, it's pouring? "He went to bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning." The poor man is concussed and we're teaching our children to sing about it.
Why have I never noticed or thought about these things before?
And we wonder why our society is so messed up.