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Here we go round the mulberry bush

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Did you learn the mulberry bush song when you were growing up? You know,

Here we go round the mulberry bush . . .

Then the chorus:
This is the way we wash our clothes
Wash our clothes, wash our clothes
This is the way we wash our clothes
Early Monday morning . . .

and there was a task for every day of the week. And most of those jobs were monumental at that time: wringer washing machines, no dryer except the line out back . . . No vacuum for sweeping the house, just the broom or dustmop, and we prayed for something to help with scrubbing the floor.

When I started teaching, I thought I needed to still do each of those things and more every day. Impossible. Because I still needed to grade papers and write plans, and call parents . . . every evening. And get some sleep to be ready to do it again.

So Saturday became the day to get all of the chores and errands done. And everything that didn't get done spilled over into Sunday or whatever day you had off, if you were lucky enough to have two days off a week.

There is a major flaw in the song. And parents, teachers of young children, musicians who create cds and dvds for kids, and the creators of Sesame Street should take note that the important jobs have changed. Most of the jobs in the song have disappeared with modern conveniences, but no one has a clue how to manage daily chores with other important life tasks.

So how about a rewrite.

First of all, I would take bets that very few people know what a mulberry bush looks like.
So my senses say change the first verse to:

Here we run 'round the neighborhood,
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Here we run 'round the neighborhood
Early every morning.

Here we plant our fresh romaine, carrots and beans, soybeans and greens,
Here we plant our fresh romaine early one spring morning.





Then we have our fresh food snack, berries or nuts, carrots or orange,
Then we have our fresh food snack,
On the healthy track.

Then we plan for next week's meals
Veggies and fruit, nuts and beans
Then we plan for next week's meals
On the healthy track.

Then we take our list to the store
Buy our food and a little more
Then we take our list to the store
On the healthy track.

Here we prep our veggies and fruit, carrots and beans, soybeans and greens,
Here we roast our carrots and beets
On the healthy track.

Then we fill the crock pot up,
Crock pot up
Crock pot up
Then we fill the crock pot up,
On the healthy track.

Then we run 'round the neighborhood,
Neighborhood
Neighborhood
Then we run 'round the neighborhood
On the healthy track.

Then we eat a healthy meal, healthy meal, healthy meal,
Then we eat a healthy meal,
On the healthy track.

Then we get a good night's sleep, etc.

We just might turn this obesity thing around. emoticon
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  • v JERICHO1991
    creative and informative. thank you.
    1068 days ago
  • v BRAVELUTE
    Angel, mulberries are also anti-angiogenic. When I was growing up, the house on the corner had a huge mulberry tree. A flock of parakeets roosted in it. They might have nested also. When the mulberries were ripe, I used to climb up in the tree to get them before they fell to the ground in all the parakeet poop. Sounds like you don't need to climb a tree to get your local fruit.

    I found dried white mulberries from Russia at the health food store. Very good as a snack dried (no sweetnener)

    I might have time to think about some more creative rewrites while in NC.
    1259 days ago
  • v ANGEL1066
    I should have known you were a teacher! Care to have a try at rewriting 'Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley grow.."? Of course, those are all fairly healthy eating, so perhaps the rewrite should focus on how to eat them. O, and I for one do know what a mulberry bush looks like. They are a common hedge shrub here - I could get good exercise running round them all, could I still run. I do walk past them often. Songs like that could very well help create the healthy eating habits we want for our kids, if they also see us living that way ourselves.
    1259 days ago
  • v BRAVELUTE
    By design, Nellie. I don't seem to have any trouble eating. I don't think anyone would have to teach me to eat. Maybe to eat veggies. But I DO STILL have problems making myself exercise.
    1260 days ago
  • v NELLIEC
    It is good that the running is in the chorus so it will be repeated a lot more than the eating parts!
    1260 days ago
  • v CHRISTINASP
    The lyrics look good. I don't know the song, being Dutch, but you must have had a good time rewriting that!
    1260 days ago
  • v DLDMIL
    love it. You did an excellent job redoing this song.
    1261 days ago
  • v BRAVELUTE
    Just program in new words!!
    1261 days ago
  • v JUNEAU2010
    Clever! Now the song is stuck in my head again! emoticon
    1261 days ago
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