Friday, April 1, 2016

April Showers

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers
--Thomas Tusser 1557  
                         Good Points of Husbandry

Or as we always said, "April showers bring May flowers."

As I was thinking of wishing you a pleasant April to come, this and the succeeding twenty-nine days, I recalled a little song we sang when I was in elementary school.  Why we were taught such things, I cannot fathom, but there it is, stuck in my mind.

Rosy Betsy, blue eyed Molly, Molly
April is the time for folly, folly
Blackbird's shouts ring round and round
While Jenny Wren is building in the Willow.

Put off your cloaks of grey and brown 

Run in you green shoes out of town
Run in the meadow up and down
While Jenny Wren is building in the Meadow.

 What nonsense that you learned in school is still stuck in your head?

May your flowers be bright and your feet be dry.  Happy April Days!


Secondary Roads said...

Ring around the rosies . . .

Grace said...

I was going to say algebra and geometry - but they aren't stuck in my head mainly because they were nonsense - to me. They stuck only long enough for me to pass my Regents...

vanilla said...

Chuck, they tell me the origins of that one was the Plague.

Grace, many there be who agree with you.

Vee said...

The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be,
Ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be,
The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be,
Many long years ago.

vanilla said...

Vee, metaphor for aging, but no earthly reason a six-year old needs to know it.

Secondary Roads said...

I heard that too.