I grew up in a family that sang. A LOT. We sang songs about roosters and cats and a little girl named Ellie Mae who was so skinny she could go down the tub drain when the plug was pulled.
And then I married into a singing family - they sang songs about railroads and Arks and a little girl named Alice who was so skinny she could go down the tub drain when the plug was pulled.
and therein lies the problem.
Kids are impressionable. If a kindergarten teacher - or a primary teacher in church - tells a child something - that something becomes irrevocably engraved upon their little minds. It won't matter who is right... it only matters who got to them first! I'm all for things like Veggie Tales - but I'm afraid that there is an entire generation of children who are going to be thinking about skinny cucumbers defeating Goliath pickles in Sunday School!
I'm no conspiracy theorist or anything - but (on a rare serious note) I think we should be aware of who is teaching our children... and what they are teaching them. Really, I'm going to have to cope with the fact that "The Cat Came Back" that my daughter learned is not the one I remember my grandfather singing to me as a child - but there are worse things to get wrong. This is why I will ALWAYS say that one of the most important jobs (in the world at large or in a church setting) is the teaching of young children.
and I hesitate to tell the rest of the story because it might disqualify me from the job!!! ah, what the heck... maybe Ben won't see my blog today?
I was devastated the day (a few years back) the youngest came home from preschool singing me the song about the alligator and the monkeys in the tree...
"...along came the alligator, quiet as can be... SNAPPED that monkey right out of that tree!"
because in my head it is and always shall be thus:
"...along came the alligator, jaws open wide... Snapped up that monkey and swallowed him inside!"
yep, definitely more morbid, but at least I don't leave any kids wondering whether or not the abducted monkeys are being tortured for information. I'm all about closure!
hmmm... "closure"... that seems like a good note to end on.
so... which is it? Alice or Ellie Mae... someday ManOfTheHouse and I are going to end up in therapy and we'll realize that all future communication issues all hail back to our inability to solve this one problem.
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