Existential Nursery Rhymes

This evening we had long-time friends and, more recently, neighbors over for dinner.  While always fun getting the kids together, the conversation veered off a bit and we wound up on Existential Nursery Rhymes.  Because why not?
Presented below; how to throw your child into a bit of crisis!


Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall and Wondered if He was Actually Fulfilled.

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf Doubt Predetermination.

Goldilocks and the Three Little Notions of Belonging, Uniqueness and Love.

Jack Sprat Could Eat No More Until He Understood Poverty

Little Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe so She Could Experience True Freedom

Old Mother Hubbard and the Kierkegaard Book That Changed Her World

Mary Had a Little Lamb, but Wondered if She Really ‘Had’ Anything

Jack and the Beanstalk of Dread

Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill in Search of Themselves

Jack Jumps Over the Candlestick and Into Despair

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, The Old Man is Snoring Because He’s Tired of Discussing Rational Actions and Is Voicing His Objection in an Irrational Way.



This appears to be a theme! Sweet!

To help with that 1/7th life crisis.

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Big thanks to neighbors/friends for helping make tonight’s post possible.




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