Small Landscape Day 43

Claudia McGill says: The nursery rhyme about Jack and Jill and the hill and tumbling down – it’s always puzzled me because it seems the middle part of the story is missing. I can see Jack stumbling and falling, but why did Jill do the same thing? To keep him company? Tripped over the same rock? What, do they both need glasses? I guess you see by now what I mean. Another of life’s mysteries that no one thinks about, and maybe rightfully so. Still, it interests me.

Small landscape, Day 43 - 6" x 6" on Masonite.

Small landscape, Day 43 – 6″ x 6″ on Masonite.

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11 thoughts on “Small Landscape Day 43

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Ha ha! Nursery rhymes rarely make sense. I expect the parents of Jack and Jill might have deployed the phrase, “If he jumped off a cliff would you follow him?” quite often.

  2. nannus

    I guess it follows the laws of rhyme and rhythm, rather than logic or physics. But even with the rhyme, something is missing, because how can you pair “water” with “after”? Hm 🙂
    I think once we reach the stage where we ask such questions we have outgrown the song (and it has served its purpose to put a seed of critical thinking into us 🙂 ).

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    That is another one of life’s mysteries that has existed all through the ages and will never be solved, I am afraid, but it could be because of intense dislike of the harsh dishwasher detergent.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes. I think supposedly many of these nursery rhymes have hidden meanings as to politics of the day, and so on, but really, it just seems like nonsense, although interesting nonsense. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

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