Do you remember the first Mother Goose rhyme you heard? If you are like me, probably not. It seems as if those were always there wafting in and out of the sunny safe breezes of childhood. “Little Boy Blue come blow your horn” or “Bah, Bah, Black Sheep”. The cadence of the melodies, the rhythm of the tale, the words learned through repetition all are inherent in many of our childhoods.
They are more than just stories or rhymes. They are experiences ensconced in our childhood memories, our warm feelings of being protected, of being loved and of being connected. Recollections surface of being soothingly rocked to sleep by someone that loved us, that made us feel safe. This was a routine that was as consistent as the repeated rhymes themselves.
They are flashbacks to our first use of our own imaginations, where we created photographic pictures in our minds of what Humpty Dumpty looked like sitting on the wall or what a cockle shell was sitting in a row for Mary Quite Contrary.
They are early experiences of laughter and joy as our own little piggies were tickled along side those other piggies going to market or staying home. Or of jumping high along with Jack as he jumped over the candlestick.
So when I discovered the beautifully matted and protected First Edition Illustrations of 15 of these treasures, I immediately began reliving these cherished moments from my childhood. I started singing the verses from memory and comparing my childhood minds’ picture of the characters to the 1915 illustrations. I also learned new rhymes that I simply didn’t recall at all.
What a wonderful experience to go all the way back to the early chapters of my story in order to write the latest chapters. Many who have seen and/or bought some of these pieces have already shared parts of their own stories with me. This sharing of similar memories of childhood is to be passed along to future generations to bond and connect over simple rhymes.Simple connections from a common story.